Shadab Khan has been named captain of Pakistan Cricket Board’s (15-member) Sharjah tour team for the forthcoming T20I series against Afghanistan. Prior to the team’s announcement, PCB chief Najam Sethi stated that the series will give opportunities to young players who had excelled in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2023 and that he had taken the senior players Babar Azam, Muhammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi into confidence regarding the strategy.
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Meanwhile, Sethi congratulated Shadab on being named captain of the Pakistani squad for the series against Afghanistan in a press release. “Shadab Khan has been Pakistan’s vice-captain in white-ball cricket for the past few of years, so it makes sense that he leads the team for the brief three-match T20I trip to Sharjah in Babar Azam’s absence.”
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During the brief Sharjah tour and to “maintain consistency,” Mohammad Yousuf has been named temporary head coach and batting coach, according to the PCB chief. Yousuf has worked at the National High-Performance Center and with the national team as a hitting instructor since last year.
Chief Selector Haroon Rasheed explained the rationale for resting the senior players, stating that they have adhered to the standard rotation policy by giving high-performing domestic performers the chance to showcase their talent and potential on the international stage while resting the top players.
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He continued by saying that by doing this, the board would be able to assess the personalities and skills of the players and develop its player pool in preparation for next year’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the United States.
But in doing so, we have made sure to pick a team that is equally as powerful and capable of taking the series from a strong Afghanistan team for whom Sharjah is like a second home. In order to do that, we brought back four seasoned cricketers and combined them with four uncapped youngsters to create a 15-player team that is genuinely a blend of youth and experience.
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Ihsanullah, Saim Ayub, Tayyab Tahir, and Zaman Khan were all inducted into the national team, and Rasheed thanked them on their selection following a string of impressive showings in both the local circuit and the PSL 8.
The PSL showed that Azam Khan, Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, and Imad Wasim can also succeed in the shortest format while also adding experience and consistency to the team. As a result, they have been summoned back.
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Babar, Fakhar, Haris, Rizwan, and Shaheen have been given breaks from the brief Sharjah trip to enable them to disconnect from competitive cricket in order to complete their rehabilitations, regroup, recompose, and recharge their batteries and be fully fit for the challenges in the difficult and challenging 2023–24 season.
Shadab Khan (captain) (Islamabad United), Abdullah Shafique (Lahore Qalandars), Azam Khan (Islamabad United), Faheem Ashraf (Islamabad United), Iftikhar Ahmed (Quetta Gladiators), Ihsanullah (Multan Sultans), Imad Wasim (Karachi Kings), Mohammad Haris (Peshawar Zalmi), Mohammad Nawaz (Quetta Gladiators), Mohammad Wasim Junior (Islamabad United), Naseem Shah (Quetta Gladiators), Saim Ayub (Peshawar Zalmi), Shan Masood (Multan Sultans), Tayyab Tahir (Karachi Kings), Zaman Khan (Lahore Qalandars)
Reserve players – Abrar Ahmed (Islamabad United), Haseebullah (Peshawar Zalmi) and Usama Mir (Multan Sultans)