Lahore: The national squad for the 2023 Cricket World Cup has been announced. Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim announced the 18-member squad during a press conference.
Inzamam-ul-Haq shared that captain Babar Azam and vice-captain Shadab Khan will lead the squad.
The national squad includes Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafiq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Hasan Ali, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha, and Usama Mir. While Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, and Zaman Khan are named as reserves.
Pakistan unveil squad for the World Cup campaign 🇵🇰💪
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 22, 2023
Inzamam-ul-Haq said Hassan Ali has been included in the squad based on his experience, as an experienced pacer is required in big events. Though Naseem Shah’s absence will be felt, we hope he returns to the team soon, he added.
Furthermore, he said that we have enough young fast bowlers, but in big matches, tried and tested bowlers who have played matches are preferred.
Inzamam-ul-Haq mentioned that in comparison to other teams, we face more pressure in India, which is why the issue of pressure handling is also important. Considering these factors, Hasan Ali has been included in the squad.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will begin in India from October 5th.