Pakistani selectors once again ignored senior cricketers including Shoaib Malik when they announced the #AsiaCup2022 squad. Nevertheless, rumors suggest that the 40 year old might still be part of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad. Still, he is not alone and so, here is a look at 5 discarded cricketers who might still be selected to represent the green shirts during the #T20WC i.e. all set to take place in Australia later in the year.
Pakistan’s weak middle-order has been a concern since long as the likes of Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah and Asif Ali etc. have not been able to perform on a consistent basis. Hence, the probability of Pakistan allowing another comeback to Malik is bright particularly if the middle-order goes onto fail once more during the upcoming Asia Cup.
The exclusion of Shan Masood has raised a few eyebrows and the selection committee at the moment is under tremendous pressure to select the in-form upper order batter. Therefore, Shan has a good chance of making it to Pakistan’s limited overs side soon particularly if Fakhar Zaman fails to impress during the Asia Cup.
In the spin bowling department, Pakistan relies heavily on Shadab Khan and Mohd. Nawaz. Imad Wasim then might find a place in Pakistan’s squad as a back up spinner during the prestigious tournament.
Rizwan’s brilliant form means that former skipper, Sarfaraz Ahmed has no chance of finding a place in Pakistan’s T20 squad. Still, if Rizwan is unable to play the tournament for any given reason then Sarfaraz might as well be the favorite to replace him.
Hasan Ali has been in pretty ordinary form for a while now. The selectors have rested him for the Asia Cup but he is likely to be tested again during the home T20 series against England. If the pacer somehow finds his lost form; the Pakistani selectors are likely to recall him.