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Pakistan T20 squad: Babar chose four players, Ramiz replaced them

Sources say the tweaks have left the captain unhappy

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 7, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago
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Posted: Sep 7, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 months ago

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Pakistan captain Babar Azam wanted four players to be the part of the national team squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup but incoming Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Ramiz Raja replaced them, sources have revealed.

Ramiz thought Babar’s choices — openers Sharjeel Khan and Fakhar Zaman, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and leg-spinner Usman Qadir — were not good enough to be in the Pakistan roster for the mega event.

He replaced them with middle-order batsmen Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Azam Khan and Sohaib Maqsood in the skipper’s squad list. “Even if one of them performs well, Pakistan will win the World Cup,” he told Babar in a conversation which took place the National High Performance Centre in Lahore few days ago, according to the SAMAA TV sources. “This is the best squad,” added the former Pakistan opener.

The tweaks by Ramiz have left the captain unhappy and he has expressed it to his teammates.

Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim announced the Pakistan squad for the T20 World Cup on Monday. The squad will also play the upcoming Twenty-20 International series against New Zealand and England.

Another development that took place hours after the squad announcement was the resignations of Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis.

SAMAA TV sources revealed the duo took the decision to step down after Ramiz had a conversation with Waqar in which he told the latter about his plans to replace him and Misbah when he assumes the PCB chairperson charge.

Waqar, sources said, consulted with Misbah and both decided to resign to avoid an eventual sacking.

Former cricketers Abdul Razzaq and Saqlain Mushtaq have been appointed as the interim coaches for the New Zealand series.

The T20 World Cup is set to be held from October 17 to November 14 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

Before that, Pakistan will play New Zealand in three One-day Internationals and five T20Is in Rawalpindi and Lahore respectively from September 17 to October 3.

Pakistan will host England in Rawalpindi for two T20Is on October 13 and 14.

The squad being announced more than a month before the T20 World Cup can also mean there are chances some changes will be made before the national side flies to the UAE.

Ramiz was nominated by Prime Minister Imran Khan as one of the members of the PCB Board of Governors recently. The premier is the patron of the country’s cricket governing body.

The PCB elections will be held on September 13, in which the BoG members will elect its chairperson. Historically, the patron’s nomination has always ended up being elected for the position.

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63 Comments

  1. Kaleemullah  September 7, 2021 3:56 pm/ Reply

    Yes baber is right

    • Ali Raza  September 8, 2021 1:50 am/ Reply

      I think Shoaib Malik is also add in squad

      • Irfan from Khuabi  September 8, 2021 11:44 pm/ Reply

        Fakhar is winner of ICC champion why he is drop

    • Ahmer Jamal  September 9, 2021 3:51 am/ Reply

      Babar Azam
      Fakhar Zaman
      Hafeez
      Rizwan
      Imad Wasim
      Hasan Ali
      Shadab Khan
      Junaid Khan
      Amir
      Wahab Riaz
      Shaheen Shah

  2. Bilal  September 7, 2021 8:37 pm/ Reply

    Very poor sellection.no chance of pakistan team

    • YasirTayyab  September 8, 2021 2:56 pm/ Reply

      Malik and Amir should be included in the squad.

      • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:33 pm/ Reply

        Why do you think so, Yasir?
        Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

  3. Yasir Mansoor  September 7, 2021 10:57 pm/ Reply

    He should step down as a captain Ina protest

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:41 pm/ Reply

      That move will create havoc!
      Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

    • Yasch  September 8, 2021 10:46 pm/ Reply

      Babar choice was good enough. Though sohaib be given some chance to prove his selection. Qadir is better than shadab.

      • Adnan Anwar  September 9, 2021 8:26 am/ Reply

        Ramiz should re consider his choices like Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Sohaib & Azam Ali coz not good enough for World T20 and specially Asif Ali no past good innings even not a match winner player. Fakhr should replace him.

  4. Waqas Ahmed  September 8, 2021 12:19 am/ Reply

    Malik, M.Amir and Sharjeel or Fakhar should be included. Qadir will give good result on UAE

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:37 pm/ Reply

      Qadir is in the reserves. Do you think he will be included later?
      Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

  5. MAK  September 8, 2021 12:50 am/ Reply

    No place for Khushdil / Asif Ali & Muhamnad Nawaz in pak side for World t20 squad they already have given so many chances to them.

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:37 pm/ Reply

      Who do you think are better choices?
      Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

  6. Ali Raza  September 8, 2021 1:50 am/ Reply

    I think Shoaib Malik is also add in wc squad

  7. Imran Ahmed  September 8, 2021 2:07 am/ Reply

    Chief selector is Muhammad Wasim not Wasim Khan please correct it

    • Saad saud  September 8, 2021 11:02 am/ Reply

      Shoaib Malik ‘M Amir and Wahab Riaz shoulb be included .
      Asif Ali Faheem Ashraf Azam khan khushdil shah have no any reason to play WCT20 this year .
      Very very bad and worst selection ever

      • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:36 pm/ Reply

        Most people are disappointed.
        Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

      • Malik Ali raza  September 9, 2021 12:27 pm/ Reply

        Exactly you are right
        Pakistani cricket team will miss the Shoaib Malik’s bating

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:36 pm/ Reply

      Corrected! Thanks, Imran.
      Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

  8. Hummayun  September 8, 2021 10:31 am/ Reply

    Azam khan wow kaya fitness aor body ha larka ki man of the tournament hoga dekhna tum

  9. Saad saud  September 8, 2021 11:02 am/ Reply

    Shoaib Malik ‘M Amir and Wahab Riaz shoulb be included .
    Asif Ali Faheem Ashraf Azam khan khushdil shah have no any reason to play WCT20 this year .
    Very very bad and worst selection ever

  10. Tariq  September 8, 2021 11:18 am/ Reply

    It’s coming to end of Pakistan cricket like pass sports Pakistan dominated I think Ramiz is wrong choice he hasn’t got many friends in Pakistan cricket. Team definitely Disagree he shouldn’t be in charge he is old school OnlyAllaha can save Pakistan cricket it’s all shambles and embarrassing to bring Pakistan cricket down and destroy i always follow green shirts and support Pakistan cricket team no more all became laughable and completely comedian PCB worst cricket board in cricketing world jokers

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:40 pm/ Reply

      The situation seems very frightening for cricket fans.
      Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

  11. Shahzad Rasheed  September 8, 2021 12:04 pm/ Reply

    I think Usman qadir also replace by Mohd Amir

    • Fahim Ashfaq  September 8, 2021 3:13 pm/ Reply

      Everybody who is a nobody in cricket, has been entrusted with the task of management of cricket in Pakistan. Seemingly their mediocrity is the inducement for their selection.

      • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:32 pm/ Reply

        Seems so, Fahim. The recent developments have exposed huge loopholes in the system. What do you think is the way forward?
        Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:40 pm/ Reply

      Do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

  12. Saifullah Khan  September 8, 2021 1:15 pm/ Reply

    Replace Asif Ali,Azam Khan,Sohaib Maqsood,Khushdil Shah, Usman Qadir & Shahnawaz Dhani with Sharjeel Khan,Fakhar Zaman,Shoaib Malik,Faheem Ashraf,Wahab Riaz & Mohammad Amir Respectively.Playing XI should be
    1 Sharjeel Khan
    2 Mohammad Rizwan
    3 Babar Azam
    4 Mohammad Hafeez
    5 Shoaib Malik
    6 Imad Wasim
    7 Shadab Khan
    8 Hasan Ali
    9 Wahab Riaz
    10 Mohammad Amir
    11 Shaheen Shah Afridi

    • Muhammad HaRis MaLik  September 8, 2021 2:07 pm/ Reply

      Good selection

      • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:35 pm/ Reply

        Do you think Pakistan can win the World Cup?
        Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

      • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:39 pm/ Reply

        Do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

    • Kashif Hans  September 8, 2021 2:17 pm/ Reply

      Sharjeel Khan, Mohammed Rizwan, Babar Azam, fakher zaman, Mohammad hafeez, Shoaib Malik, imad Waseem, Hasan Ali, wahab Riaz, Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Afridi

      • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:34 pm/ Reply

        Thats a solid squad, Kashif.
        Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:35 pm/ Reply

      That’s some analysis!
      Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:40 pm/ Reply

      Do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

    • Anjum  September 9, 2021 1:06 am/ Reply

      Malik should be selected as he is game changer in UAE conditions also recent form of him is plus point…

  13. Anonymous  September 8, 2021 1:55 pm/ Reply

    Sharjeel khan
    Rizwan
    Babar
    Hafeez
    Malik
    Asif
    Imad
    Hassan ali
    Wasim jr
    Shaheen shah
    Shahdab

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:35 pm/ Reply

      Nice squad!
      Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:39 pm/ Reply

      Do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

  14. Anonymous  September 8, 2021 2:09 pm/ Reply

    This team is good

  15. Shahid bashir  September 8, 2021 2:11 pm/ Reply

    Rameez raja should listen babar Azam now Rameez will ruin Pakistan cricket fakhar amir sharjeel Malik should b in 15 squad

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:34 pm/ Reply

      The future will tell a lot about how Ramiz Raja handles cricket issues in Pakistan.
      Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

    • MUHAMMAD TANVIR BAIG  September 9, 2021 8:15 pm/ Reply

      The management of pakistan cricket board shows that they have no interest in winning the world Cup I think it has been decided too early

  16. Mirza Talib Hussain  September 8, 2021 3:05 pm/ Reply

    Mohammad Hafeez and shoaib Malik, must be retired and must not be in T20 selected squad,
    Any how Barber azam knows better and I wish him with good luck, the nation want the world Cup, Insha’Allah.

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:33 pm/ Reply

      We all want Pakistan to do well no matter who plays.
      Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

  17. Shezad ahmad  September 8, 2021 3:10 pm/ Reply

    Sharjeel khan
    Fakhar zaman
    Babar Azam
    Muhammad hafeez
    Rizwan
    Usman qadir
    Shaheen
    Rauf
    Asif ali
    Wahab riaz
    Imad waseem
    Shadab

    • Mir Shabbar  September 8, 2021 3:32 pm/ Reply

      That looks like an interesting squad.
      Also, do follow SAMAA Sports on Twitter @samaasport and Facebook.

  18. Asi latif  September 8, 2021 4:08 pm/ Reply

    I think we should have shoiab malik,fakhar zaman,and sharjeel in our side.

    • Ibtisam  September 8, 2021 6:15 pm/ Reply

      Poor squad. Can’t win WC with this squad. On which base you selected Azam khan and Asif ali?

      • MUHAMMAD TANVIR BAIG  September 9, 2021 8:12 pm/ Reply

        Disappointment from the selection of pakistan squad for T20 World Cup

  19. Jawad Ali Zafar  September 8, 2021 4:17 pm/ Reply

    Malik Amir Sharjeel Fakhar Faheem in

    Soahib maqsood khushdilsha azam khan hasnain haris out

    • Waleed ahmad  September 9, 2021 4:35 am/ Reply

      I think ramiz raja was high on something when he selected these 4. How many international matches have sohaib maqsood and asif ali has played and has anyone looked at their stats? Haven’t made Pakistan win even one match single handedly and these people are now in our wc squad.. Wow! Great going Ramiz raja sahab.

  20. Malik Zulfiqar  September 9, 2021 9:46 am/ Reply

    My icc T20 11
    Fakhar Zaman
    M Rizwan
    Babar Azam
    M Hafeez
    Shoaib Malik
    Khusdil Shah
    Imad Wasim
    Shadab Khan
    Hassan Ali
    Wasim Jr.
    Shaheen Afridi

    • Nausheed Hassan  September 9, 2021 12:46 pm/ Reply

      Add wahib Raiz, Dhani, Shoaib Malik and Ahmed Shahzed

  21. Mirza Abdullah  September 9, 2021 3:09 pm/ Reply

    Fakhar should be the part of squad. He is able to win the match at very serious time when team needed him.

  22. Khan zada dk  September 9, 2021 5:51 pm/ Reply

    Malik, aamir, sharjeel, iftikhar agar e kilari squad me shamil na hoye to pakistani team aik b match nahin jeet sakti daik leana……………….

  23. Hasan Ahmed  September 9, 2021 8:01 pm/ Reply

    Sharjeel
    Rizwan
    Babar
    Maqsood
    Haider
    Hafeez
    Nawaz
    Hasan
    Amir
    Qadir
    Shaheen

  24. Siddique Mirza  September 17, 2021 7:35 am/ Reply

    Captain should be consulted and taken into coinfidencen but is not a national issue to be headlines.

  25. Fahim Anwar  September 18, 2021 9:25 am/ Reply

    If operners are Babar Azam & Rizwan than certainly very less chance for Sharjeel & Fakhr Zaman.. and in past 14 months both our openers have prove their metal.. now middle order needs strength and if shohaib maqsoid clicks he is a big hitter as well. There is for sure no place for Azam Khan he is selected on his father profile.

  26. Farooq Anwar  October 15, 2021 7:50 pm/ Reply

    BABAR AZAM KL RAHUL
    M RIZWAN ROHIT SHARMA
    FAKHAR ZAMAN VIRAT KOHLI
    M HAFEEZ S YADAV
    SHOAIB MALIK RISHABH PANT
    ASIF ALI H PANDYA
    IMAD WASIM R JADEJA
    SAHADAB KHAN B KUMAR
    HASAN ALI R ASHWIN
    SHAHEEN AFRIDI R CHAHAR
    HARIS RAUF J BUMRAH

  27. Bilal  November 30, 2021 8:34 pm/ Reply

    Sarfaraz replace with sherjeel.khan and usman qadir replace with mohammad aamir….imad replace with nawaz

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