In place of spinner Usman Qadir, who injured his thumb, Pakistan named top-order batsman . The 32-year-old Fakhar Zaman is rehabilitating from a knee injury, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Fakhar Zaman has been added to Pakistan’s team for the T20 World Cup in Australia, while Usman Qadir will travel with the reserves, according to a PCB release.
Fakhar Zaman is in the top 15 for World Cup
Usman Qadir was in the 15-man squad when Fakhar Zaman was initially chosen as a reserve. The PCB added that Usman Qadir would not be available for selection before October 22 due to his ongoing recovery from a thumb injury sustained last month.
Up to October 15, all 16 teams can make roster adjustments without the World Cup technical committee’s agreement. Fakhar Zaman hurt his knee during the Asia Cup last month in the United Arab Emirates. Fakhar Zaman will be available for selection in the two exhibition games against Afghanistan on October 19 and England on October 17.
Big Ask for Pakistan on 23rd October
Pakistan’s hopes of winning the World Cup were improved earlier this week when pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi was cleared to compete after recuperating from a knee injury. On October 23, Pakistan will play its opening match against India in Melbourne. Pakistan plays in Group Two of the Super 12 stage.
They will be in Group Two with South Africa, Bangladesh, and two qualifying teams. Group One includes the defending champions Australia, England, Afghanistan, and New Zealand, and two qualifying teams. Sunday marks the start of the tournament’s first round.
Pakistan’s final Squad for WC T20
Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Shan Masood make up the updated Pakistani team. Babar Azam serves as captain and Shadab Khan serves as vice-captain.
Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir are acting as reserves.