On Thursday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the national men’s teams for the next Twenty20 International (T20I) series against England, the Twenty20 Tri-Series in New Zealand, and the Twenty20 World Cup for Men in Australia in 2022. Recent headlines have focused on the Pakistan T20 World Cup squad’s New Changes!
Pakistan T20 World Cup squad New Changes!
For the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, Pakistan made a single change, switching Fakhar Zaman and Usman Qadir. Usman has been replaced by Fakhar, bringing the number of players in the starting lineup to 15. In addition to Babar Azam captaining the Men in Green, Shaheen Shah Afridi has returned to the team. Shaan Masood and Fakhar Zaman will travel to Australia with the leading group.
On September 25 in Karachi, during a Twenty20 International against England, Qadir fractured the tip of his right thumb. Usman Qadir replaced Fakhar Zaman as Pakistan’s lone roster adjustment for Australia’s 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Fakhar has replaced Usman in the starting XI, bringing the total to 15. Qadir suffered a hairline fracture to his right thumb during the T20I match against England on September 25 in Karachi, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Before October 22, picking the leg-spinner is impossible. After Fakhar and Shaheen Shah Afridi fly in from London on Saturday, the team management will assess his fitness during the two warm-up matches against England (October 17) and Afghanistan (October 19) that will be played in Brisbane.
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shan Masood.
Traveling reserves: Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir.
Schedule of Pakistan’s matches at the World Cup:
- October 23 — vs. India, Melbourne
- October 27 — vs. winner Group B, Perth
- October 30 — vs. runner-up Group A, Perth
- November 3 — vs. South Africa, Sydney
- November 6 — vs. Bangladesh, Adelaide