PCB announces squad for T20 World Cup on Monday!
Chief selector Mohammad Wasim announced a 15-man squad, with three players selected as reserves.
The same team will play the home series against New Zealand and England in the coming weeks.
Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz, veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik, hard-hitting opener Sharjeel Khan, and utility player Fahim Ashraf were left out.
Asif Ali, Azam Khan, Haris Rauf, Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Waseem Jr make it to the squad.
While Fakhar Zaman, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir have been selected as reserves.
The 15-man squad
Babar Azam (captain, Central Punjab)
Shadab Khan (vice-captain, Northern)
Asif Ali (Northern)
Azam Khan (wicketkeeper, Southern Punjab)
Haris Rauf (Northern)
Hasan Ali (Central Punjab)
Imad Wasim (Northern)
Khushdil Shah (Southern Punjab)
Mohammad Hafeez (Central Punjab)
Mohammad Hasnain (Sindh)
Mohammad Nawaz (Northern)
Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
Mohammad Wasim Jnr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
Sohaib Maqsood (Southern Punjab)
Traveling reserves – Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Shahnawaz Dahani (Sindh), and Usman Qadir (Central Punjab)
The chief selector said that Pakistan had selected specialists as it was the requirement of modern cricketing standards.
Another aspect that the selection committee had kept in mind while picking the players was Pakistan’s previous record and the relative advantage it held on UAE pitches, compared to other teams, he added.
“Babar Azam will be the captain of the squad while Shadab Khan will be the vice-captain,” he said, adding that pinch hitters Asif Ali and Azam Khan have also been selected in the team.