Pakistan Cricket Board’s chief selector Mohsin Khan, today, announced 16-member squad of Pakistan which will tour Zimbabwe to play a Test, 3 ODI’s and a T20I.
Misbah-ul-Haq, as reported earlier, is set to lead Pakistan in all three formats. It is first time that Misbah is officially named captain to lead Pakistan in Twenty20 cricket though he has captained once in 2009 against Australia in Dubai.
The notable inclusions in squad came in the form of Ramiz Raja (Jr), who performed extraordinarily in recent Super Eight T20 competition of Pakistan, and AizazCheema, who was selected for the West Indies tour but missed out due to injury.
Yasir Shah, leg-spinner from NWFP, has also got the maiden call in Pakistan’s squad. On the other hand, a bizarre selection of ImranFarhat spurred many people to raise fingers on selectors.
SohailTanvir, who led Rawalpindi Rams in a victorious campaign of Super Eight T20 cup, and AdnanAkmal are also back in Pakistan’s squad.
WahabRiaz, UmarGul and AbdurRehman are rested whereas ShoaibMalik’s name is put in stand-by players but Malik’s inclusion in the team is subjected to clearance from corruption allegations.
Team Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, TaufiqUmar, ImranFarhat, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, AsadShafiq, UmarAkmal, Rameez Raja Junior, AdnanAkmal, SaeedAjmal, Yasir Shah, SohailTanveer, Sohail Khan, Junaid Khan, AizazCheema.
Pakistan will leave for Zimbabwe in the last week of August and start tour with a Test match which will begin from September 1st in Bulawayo.