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Sarfraz, Malik being considered for Pakistan T20 World Cup squad

PM Imran is unhappy with the current squad

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 27, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago
Posted: Sep 27, 2021 | Last Updated: 3 weeks ago

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Former captains Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik might well end up being in the Pakistan squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

This possibility is on the cards after the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s reported unhappiness with the poor performance of the players, who are already part of the squad, in the ongoing National T20 Cup.

The premier, according to sources, has directed Pakistan Cricket Board chairperson Ramiz Raja to consider bringing changes in the national roster for the mega event, which is set to be held from October 17.

Sources say the PCB chief has asked PM Imran for time till October 3, when the first phase of the National T20 Cup ends. The deadline to submit the final squad for the World Cup is October 10.

Members of the Pakistan T20 World Cup squad wicket-keeper/batsman Azam Khan, all-rounder Khushdil Shah, spinner Mohammad Nawaz, pacer Mohammad Hasnain and batsman Sohaib Maqsood have received criticism from the cricketing circles after poor performances in the first five days of the National T20 Cup.

Southern Punjab’s Azam has scored only 35 runs in his three outings at the Cup while his captain Maqsood has managed to accumulate only 42 runs. Khushdil, with 51 runs in three matches, has also failed to demonstrate match-winning capabilities.

Left-armer Nawaz has two wickets in as many matches for Northern, while pacer Hasnain has bagged two in four matches for Sindh.

Sources say batsmen Fakhar Zaman and Sharjeel Khan, fast-bowler Shahnawaz Dahani and leg-spinner Usman Qadir are being considered ahead of them.

Malik and Sarfraz, due to their experience, can also make the cut after interference by the premier. While Malik has played only one match for Central Punjab in the National T20 Cup, Sarfraz has done some impressive captaincy to lead Sindh to the top of the points table with a perfect record.

Ramiz, sources say, will consult with the selection committee very soon and changes are imminent in the Pakistan T20 World Cup squad.

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  1. Pro  September 27, 2021 7:01 pm/ Reply

    I don’t know what has happened to Hasnain! After just a couple of years, his pace has dropped so much. I mean, at least once in a T20 match, he should reach 150 kph! But even 145+ kph is hard for him to reach now

    • Asad  September 29, 2021 9:47 am/ Reply

      where is wahab riaz .
      best bowling experiance .
      He can bowl reverse swing king of death overs

  2. Pro  September 27, 2021 11:21 pm/ Reply

    Allah khair karay

    • Anonymous  September 29, 2021 2:35 pm/ Reply

      Sarfaraz & Shoaib defenate Play this T20 world cup please consider Rameez Raja

  3. Mussab  September 28, 2021 12:02 am/ Reply

    Big mistake there hasnain has taken 4 in 2 matches and that is good he is just a little expensive

    • Zayan Ali  October 1, 2021 10:50 am/ Reply

      Please drop azam Khan asif Ali Hammad Waseem khushdil shah and m.hasnain than select Haider Ali wahab Riaz Usman qadir Shoaib Malik fakhar zaman that is good decision for Pakistan T20 world cup

  4. Ak  September 28, 2021 2:21 am/ Reply

    Sharjeel Khan, Haider ali and fakhar zaman bhee hona chaiyeh tha along with Malik and Sarfaraz.

  5. Saqib Haider  September 28, 2021 12:06 pm/ Reply

    If everything good will comes from Imran Khan then why the PCB is paying hefty monthly salaries per month to the people in chairs of management.We are also running PCB like a government department unfortunately,nobody is willing to work on merit like majority of bureaucracy.

  6. Ather  September 28, 2021 1:29 pm/ Reply

    It’s good decision but I don’t like the way it’s being done . Prime minister should have nothing to do with team selection when there’s too many guys down the line in system to do the job.

  7. Hamza Butt  September 28, 2021 2:19 pm/ Reply

    I think Shoaib Malik should be in. Sarfraz is most likely to bat in lower order which is of no use. He is not a power hitter. And shadab khan should also be thrown out of team. You can check his performance in last few years.

    Ideal 11 For Pakistan:

    1. Sharjeel Khan/Fakhar
    2. Rizwan
    3. Babar
    4. Shoaib Malik
    5. Hafeez
    6. Any Power hitter( Select players performing in nt20)
    7. Imad Wasim
    8.Usman Qadir
    9.Hasan Ali
    10.Shaheen Afridi
    11.Shahnawaz Dhani/Rauf

    • Aryan  September 30, 2021 12:46 am/ Reply

      Hasnain ki national t20 me performance nahi hai wo dikh Raha rameez raja ko Jo Haris rauf kr rha hai abhi performance wo nahi dikhega Q k Haris rauf Lahore ka or Hasnain to Karachi ka hai or muhajir ko to international cricket khelne hee nahi dety ye Punjabi or Han Jo ye comment par rhe hain unhen shayed pcb ka Matlab Pakistan cricket board Nhi balke Punjab cricket board hai….

    • Ghulam Qasim  October 2, 2021 9:39 pm/ Reply

      Do You Know That Who Is Sarfaraz Ahmed He is a leader who made Pkaistan won in Champions Trophy Who remains Pakistan No 1 In T20 Team Raking His leadership is enough to make him play in T20 World Cup 2021

  8. Amjad Ali  September 28, 2021 2:30 pm/ Reply

    Azam Khan, Khushdil and Asif Ali should be replaced with Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed and Sharjeel Khan. The rest of the team is fine . The Team against India. Sharjeel, Rizwan, Babar, Hafeez, Shoaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malick, Imad Wasim, Hassan Ali, Shaheen and Mohammad Wasim Jr/Harish Rauf. Hope for a best selection.

  9. Syed hassan  September 28, 2021 3:07 pm/ Reply

    selectors should step down if their selected team is superceeded, as it would mean that have failed to convince others.

  10. M.Talha Ahmed  September 28, 2021 4:04 pm/ Reply

    We need shoaib Malik in Middle order.

  11. Zeeshan  September 28, 2021 7:39 pm/ Reply

    Sharjeel a power hittrr,malik and sarfaraz lower middle pillers,shahnawaz with usman qadir pave with spin and wahab riaz the experience must be included in squard.

  12. Qaiser Ali.  September 28, 2021 8:15 pm/ Reply

    We needed shoaib Malik .fakher zaman. Sharjeel Khan. Muhammad hafeez. Haris nawaz. Or waseem Jr. Cricket or not only game but or likely or love people.

  13. Shahid  September 28, 2021 8:42 pm/ Reply

    Sarfraz, Malik, choice fakhar and sharjeel . 1 lefty zror hona chahiy match me aur wo bi top order me

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