Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan and Mohammad Nawaz return to Pakistan’s ODI squad

Batsman Iftikhar Ahmed, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan, and spin-bowling allrounder Mohammad Nawaz have made comebacks to Pakistan’s ODI squad. All three have been a part of the primary squad introduced by Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s new coach and chief selector, forward of the three-match sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka that is because of happen later this month in Karachi.

Quick bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali are pressured absentees from the squad. Shaheen is out with dengue, whereas Hasan has been affected by again spasms. Of the opposite members of Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup, their final worldwide task, Mohammad Hafeez has been disregarded, and is at present enjoying for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots within the Caribbean Premier League, whereas Shoaib Malik has retired.

Iftikhar, who made the final of his three ODI appearances in November 2015, returns on the again of spectacular shows within the Pakistan Cup 50-overs match, the place he made back-to-back a whole bunch for Punjab. Nawaz made a pair of half-centuries in the identical match, enjoying for Federal Areas.

Misbah defined that Iftikhar’s Listing A batting document, and his means to bowl part-time offspin, made him an attractive choose within the post-Hafeez/Malik period.

“Iftikhar has a 51 [51.65] common in Listing A, he has been a prime performer within the final three to 4 seasons,” Misbah mentioned. “He’s, I feel, our fifth bowler, and you may utilise him, his health is great. He’s a mature participant, he’s a three-dimensional participant, fielding-wise good, he can do bowling, he can bat, he has 91 strike price and 51 common and that is the explanation we have now introduced him [into the squad]. Beforehand he was not coming into the group turned of Hafeez and Shoaib, now he’s within the group and he can bowl offspin too.

Rizwan, in the meantime, was disregarded of the World Cup squad regardless of scoring two a whole bunch in opposition to Australia in an ODI sequence main as much as the match, when captain and common keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed had been rested. Rizwan is now again, and probably not simply as back-up to Sarfaraz, with Misbah highlighting his batting expertise particularly.

“Safaraz and Rizwan’s roles are totally different,” he mentioned, “If somebody has scored two a whole bunch at No. four, you will have an opportunity. You could have the added benefit of getting two wicketkeepers, fitness-wise he is superb, and he can be within the loop. We try to encourage such gamers and we’ll attempt to give them matches at any time when we have now an opportunity.”

Responding to a query on Sarfaraz’s personal kind as batsman, and his place within the aspect, Misbah mentioned: “Future is understood to Almighty solely. Let’s give him an opportunity. Sarfaraz has labored rather a lot on his health. The largest mistake was that Sarfraz did not give himself an opportunity to show [himself] as a batsman. If he offers 100 per cent probability to himself, he’s a participant who may give you performances. Sarfaraz mustn’t underestimate himself as a batsman.”

Hafeez and Malik, Misbah mentioned, have been nonetheless in rivalry for T20Is, within the lead-up to subsequent 12 months’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

“Right here we had an opportunity, one or two gamers [who] weren’t getting an opportunity, we should always utilise [them]. Clearly we have now loads of alternatives earlier than the World Cup, we have now to go to Australia, we have now to make a balanced group, and whosoever is efficient we should always take into account the gamers. Shoaib and Hafeez have carried out effectively within the final 10 T20s and we won’t ignore them, however that is the chance for different gamers to point out their expertise.”

Pakistan ODI squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt), Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hasnain, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz

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