Pakistan Cricket Board on Thursday announced a 15-member squad for the first T20I against New Zealand tomorrow.
Led by Shadab Khan, the team includes Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Wahab Riaz.
Skipper Shadab said a 17-member squad has been allowed due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Musa Khan and Usman Qadir may be included if need be.”
“It is an honour for me to lead the Pakistan team for the first time,” Shadab Khan said, adding that he will “definitely miss Azam”.
“Babar Azam’s absence is the best opportunity for new players to showcase their talents,” Shadab Khan said. “The team should be ready to show an aggressive performance like Babar Azam.”
Shadan said he has played at Eden Park before so he has experience. “This stadium has shorter boundaries. I am looking forward to playing there once again in the presence of spectators.”