Pakistan’s Cricket Squad Selection Underway for T20 Series Against New Zealand

Preparations are underway as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) gears up to announce the national cricket squad for the upcoming T20 series against New Zealand, scheduled to be unveiled in the next day or two. The consultation process has already commenced in Kakul, where discussions between white ball captain Babar Azam and the national selectors are in progress to finalize the roster.

In a significant development, Babar Azam and the national selectors convened with Chairman Mohsin Naqvi to deliberate on the squad composition. The proposed squad is expected to consist of 18 players, tailored specifically for the home series against New Zealand.

While the team deliberates over the selection, the fitness status of key players remains a pivotal factor. Fast bowler Haris Rauf, who sustained a shoulder injury during the Pakistan Super League, continues his rehabilitation efforts. However, concerns linger over his full recovery ahead of the series.

The list of players under consideration showcases a blend of seasoned campaigners and promising talents. Captain Babar Azam leads the pack, alongside stalwarts such as Mohammad Rizwan, Sahibzada Farhan, and Salman Ali Agha. The squad also includes dynamic all-rounders like Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim, known for their prowess with both bat and ball.

The bowling department features the likes of Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Mohammad Amir, renowned for their ability to deliver match-winning performances. Additionally, emerging talents such as Azam Khan, Osama Mir, and Abbas Afridi are being closely monitored for potential inclusion in the squad.

The selectors are also evaluating the fitness of opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, who is recuperating from a hand injury. His availability for the series remains subject to further assessment by the medical team.

The imminent arrival of the New Zealand cricket team adds to the anticipation surrounding the series, which is set to feature five T20 matches. As the cricketing fraternity eagerly awaits the squad announcement, all eyes are on the selectors as they strive to assemble a formidable lineup capable of securing victory on home soil.