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Four uncapped players in Pakistan ODI Squad

Uncapped players in the 20-member squad announced by Pakistan selectors for the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand include wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Haris, pacers Mohammad Wasim and Shahnawaz Dahani, and legspinner Zahid Mahmood.

Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah, who last played in a one-day international against Zimbabwe on November 3, 2020, have been recalled for the three ODIs in Rawalpindi on September 17, 19, and 21. Dahani, who made his List-A and T20 debuts in the 2021 season, was the PSL 2021’s top wicket-taker, with 20 wickets at an average of 17.

Mahmood finished the Pakistan Cup, the domestic one-day competition, as the second-highest wicket-taker with 19 wickets at an average of 24.89. Mohammad Wasim, 20, made his T20I debut against the West Indies earlier this month, impressing the selectors in the limited time he had during the four-match series.

“Shahnawaz Dahani was unfortunate to miss the selection for the England matches as the squad was announced before the start of the remaining 20 HBL PSL 6 matches. Hence, he was a straightforward selection when we sat to discuss and finalize the side for the New Zealand series. We have also given a continued run to Mohammad Wasim, who impressed everyone in the T20Is against the West Indies,” Pakistan’s chief selector Muhammad Wasim said.

“Zahid Mahmood has been added to support Usman Qadir. While picking him, we took into consideration that he had excelled last time he played in a white-ball match in Lahore against South Africa. Although this time the format will be different, in domestic 50-over competitions he has shown through his performances that he has the temperament to also perform in ODIs,” added Wasim.

Left out for the New Zealand ODIs

Meanwhile, Haris Sohail, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed, and Sohaib Maqsood, who were all part of the ODI squad against England in July, have been left out of the ICC World Cup Super League ODIs against New Zealand. “Mohammad Rizwan remains the first-choice wicketkeeper, as such, it has been decided to include 20-year-old Mohammad Haris in place of Sarfaraz Ahmed.

This is not only to reward Haris for his outstanding domestic performances in the previous season but also to give him a taste and flair of international cricket along with its rigors and demands and to ensure that we continue to groom young wicketkeepers who are fit and ready to step up when the opportunity presents itself,” said Wasim.

“Middle-order has remained our concern and, as such, after trying a few options, we have decided to give another run to Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah, The two batters have played sufficient 50-over cricket at the domestic level and boast the required firepower to utilize the slog overs. We are optimistic they will come good in home conditions.”

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