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19-Oct-2020 11:15:00 GMT
Zimbabwe in Pakistan 2020

Amir dropped, uncapped Shafique in Pakistan squad

Karachi: Uncapped batsman Abdullah Shafique earned a maiden call-up on Monday but senior players Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir were left out from Pakistan's 22-man probables list for the ODI and T20 series against Zimbabwe.

Shafiq, 20, was rewarded for his strong showing for Central Punjab in the recently-concluded National T20 Cup.

The top order batsman from Sialkot finished as the seventh most successful batsman in the National T20 Cup with 358 runs with a strike-rate of over 133.

He scored a century on his T20 debut, becoming only the second player in history to make a century on both first-class and T20 debuts.

Shafiq was included in place of Malik, while Rohail Nazir was named as Mohammad Rizwan's back-up wicketkeeper.

Sarfaraz, who was overlooked for almost entire England tour despite being part of the squad, has been encouraged to feature in the first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, starting October 25, to rediscover better form ahead of the New Zealand tour.

Pace duo of Hasan Ali and Naseem Shah were not considered for selection as they are recovering from injuries.

The probables for three T20Is will be shortlisted after the ODIs and players unlikely to feature in them will be advised to play in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy third round matches, which will commence from November 6.

Pakistan probables for ODIs and T20Is:

Babar Azam (Capt.), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Haider Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Imam ul Haq, Harris Sohail, Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Rohail Nazir (WK), Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Musa Khan, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadar, Zafar Gohar.

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