Mohammad Hasnain will take Shaheen Shah Afridi’s position in Pakistan’s team for the ACC T20 Asia Cup after the pacer was ruled out due to injury. The Asia Cup will begin on August 27, with Pakistan facing archrival India the next day.
Injured pacer Shaheen has been ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022, a big setback for Pakistan, who were counting on his bowling in the forthcoming international competition.
Shaheen suffered a right knee ligament injury while fielding in the first Test against Sri Lanka last month in Galle.
Following the latest scans and reports, the PCB’s medical advisory committee and independent specialists urged Shaheen to rest for four to six weeks.
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“This means Shaheen has been ruled out of the ACC T20 Asia Cup and the home series against England,” the board said of the bowler, who is a key component of Pakistan’s bowling assault.
Hasnain will join the team from the United Kingdom, where he is competing for Oval Invincibles in The Hundred.
Meanwhile, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Usman Qadir will depart for Dubai early Tuesday morning. They will take the place of Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris, Salman Ali Agha, and Zahid Mehmood, who were part of the 16-man ODI team that played the Netherlands.
Pakistan will take on India in their opener in Dubai on Sunday, August 28, while their second Group A fixture will be against a qualifier (UAE, Kuwait, Singapore or Hong Kong) in Sharjah on September 2.
The Super Four matches will be played from 3-9 September.
Pakistan squad for Asia Cup
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir