Naseem Shah replaces Hasan Ali in the Pak squad for Asia Cup
Pakistan pick Naseem Shah for Netherlands ODI, Asia Cup
Pakistan pace sensation Naseem Shah has been included in Pakistan’s 16-member ODI squad for the Netherlands tour and the 15 member T20I squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup, replacing the out-of-form Hasan Ali. The young speedster has played 13 tests for Pakistan. He will be joined by all-rounder Salman Agha in the ODI series.
Ace pacer Shaheen Afridi has also been retained in both the squads by Pakistan but stated 'his rehabilitation programme will be overseen by the team trainer and physiotherapist, who will also decide on his return to international cricket.'
Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris, Salman Ali Agha and Zahid Mehmood who are a part of the ODI squad, will make way for Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir in the Asia Cup.
Squad for Netherlands ODIs: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vc), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imam ul haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Salman Agha, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Zahid Mehmood
Squad for Asia Cup: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vc), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir
On team selection, Chief Selector, Mohammad Wasim said “We have only made changes that were necessary. Both the competitions are important for us and, as such, we have picked our best available players in consultation with the captain and head coach.
"Hasan has been given a break from international cricket and he has been replaced by Naseem Shah. He is express fast and can give further impetus to the fast bowling department, which already boasts Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shahnawaz Dahani. Naseem has not played any international white-ball cricket, but he has demonstrated with the red-ball that he is an attacking option with good pace and controlled swing.
"Salman Ali Agha has been recalled to the ODI side after he performed well in the past two Pakistan Cup tournaments, averaging 40.33 and 48.8, respectively. He also gives Babar Azam an additional bowling option."
A training camp will be organised for the players before they leave Lahore from 6-11 August, wherein they will play two 50-over games. The teams will depart for Amseterdam on August 12, while the players picked only for T20Is will join them in Dubai on August 22.
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