Mohammad Hafeez’s worldwide profession hangs within the steadiness after the allrounder was disregarded of Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad. The 37-year previous, who was a part of the ODI squad for Pakistan’s bilateral collection in opposition to Zimbabwe, didn’t characteristic in any of these matches, and it seems he has fallen down the pecking order of late.
Pakistan have gone for a pace-heavy lineup; no fewer than six seamers characteristic within the 16-man squad. Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi and Junaid Khan will all journey to the UAE as competitors for locations in that division heats up. In consequence, Yasir Shah, who was a shock inclusion for the collection in Zimbabwe, misses out. Mickey Arthur believes the 6’6″ Shaheen, 18, is likely one of the most promising pacers to come back out of Pakistan, even evaluating him to a younger Mitchell Starc. He’s but to make his ODI debut.
Imad Wasim, whose health has consistently pissed off Pakistan’s backroom employees over the previous yr or so, finds himself out of the squad as soon as extra after failing health checks forward of the squad announcement. The 29-year previous was the one participant from the 18-man preliminary squad to have failed his health take a look at on Monday, and was given one other probability earlier immediately, solely to fall brief once more. He initially dropped out of the limited-overs aspect final yr as a consequence of a knee damage, however is now but to play a global match in any format for Pakistan this yr, with Mohammad Nawaz showing to have taken his slot because the first-choice spin-bowling allrounder. Imad was named captain of Karachi Kings within the Pakistan Tremendous League earlier this yr, a franchise coached by Mickey Arthur, and most not too long ago performed for the Jamaica Tallawahs within the Caribbean Premier League final month.
Mildly stunning was the inclusion of opener Shan Masood. Whereas the left-hander has been in wonderful limited-overs type domestically, with three centuries and 5 half-centuries in his final ten Record A matches, Masood was typically seen as a Check match specialist, significantly since Pakistan appeared to have lastly settled on a limited-overs opening pair in Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq. He’s but to make his ODI debut, and damage had dominated Masood out of Check commitments this yr too, with the 28-year previous having performed the final of his 12 Check matches in opposition to Sri Lanka in October 2017.
There aren’t any different surprises in what is certainly a full-strength squad. Asif Ali was retained after impressing in Zimbabwe, whereas Haris Sohail was maybe barely extra lucky to discover a place within the squad, having not performed any of the ODIs in Zimbabwe. With Hafeez out, Shoaib Malik could also be anticipated to shoulder extra bowling accountability, significantly if Nawaz and Sohail, who also can function spin-bowling choices, don’t play.
Pakistan start their Asia Cup marketing campaign in opposition to a qualifier on September 16, earlier than they spherical out their group in opposition to India on September 19.