#PakvsWI ODI Series: PCB Announces 16 Man Squad

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) yesterday announced 16 man squad for the #PakvsWI ODI series i.e. part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League and which is all set to be played between the 8th and the 12th of next month.

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Mohd. Haris To Be Part Of #PakvsWI ODI Squad  

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Wicket-keeper batsman Mohd. Haris is part of the squad and will be backing up senior keeper Mohd. Rizwan. Also back in the squad is Mohd. Nawaz who had missed the series against Australia owing to reasons relating to fitness. The likes of Asif Ali,  Asif Afridi, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haider Ali, Shan Masood and Usman Qadir on the other hand could not find a place in the national side.

The squad comprises of the following 16 players.
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper/batter), Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper/batter), Mohammad Wasim Junior, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani and Zahid Mahmood.

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Mohd. Wasim Explains The Selection Process

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While explaining the selection process Chief Selector PCB, Mohd. Wasim said, “As the ODIs against the West Indies are part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 qualification, we have decided to give best chance to our side to collect maximum points and strengthen our chances of progressing directly for the pinnacle 50-over tournament. We have retained the same core of players so they further establish themselves in the format. I hope this bunch will continue the form they gained from the Australia series. 

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“Also, and taking into consideration that there will be no Managed Event Environment and the players can be called at a short notice, we have reduced the squad size to 16 players. For the Australia ODIs, we had also announced backup players as cover to those players who were carrying injuries. Players such as Mohammad Nawaz and Shadab Khan are now fully fit, which has allowed us to leave out Asif Afridi and Usman Qadir. However, Usman along with Asif Ali and Haider Ali remain in our plans for the shortest format as we have a series of T20I lined up this year, including the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.”