Pakistan’s 17-Member Squad Unveiled for New Zealand Tour Under Shaheen Shah Afridi’s Leadership:

Pakistan's 17-Member Squad Unveiled for New Zealand Tour Under Shaheen Shah Afridi's Leadership:

News by “Sana Ullah”

Chief Selector Wahab Riaz has officially revealed the 17-member squad for Pakistan’s upcoming tour of New Zealand. Speaking at a press conference alongside consultant and cricketer Kamran Akmal, Riaz noted that due to an injury, Shadab Khan would be unavailable, and wicketkeeper Muhammad Haris has been advised to take a rest.

Shaheen Shah Afridi has been appointed as the captain for the tour, leading a lineup that includes key players such as Babar Azam, Muhammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Saim Ayub, Muhammd Nawaz, Azam Khan, Osama Mir, Abrar Ahmed, Wasim Jr., Zaman Khan, Abbas Afridi, Aamir Jamal, Haris Rauf, Haseebullah Khan, and Sahibzada Farhan.

Regarding Shadab Khan’s absence, Wahab Riaz emphasized the all-rounder’s significance to the national T20 squad and mentioned Haseebullah Khan’s consistent performance over the past two years. He also provided updates on the fitness of Mohammad Hasnain and Naseem Shah, stating that both players have recovered, while Ehsanullah will require more time for rehabilitation, and his participation in the PSL remains uncertain.

Riaz mentioned that Abrar Ahmed will not be available for the second Test, and preparations are underway to secure a suitable backup. Kamran Akmal expressed confidence in the readiness of new players if given the opportunity.

Addressing the captaincy issue, Riaz clarified that Shaan Masood’s name was not considered, and efforts are being made to include deserving domestic performers in the squad. Stressing the importance of a balance between young and senior players, Riaz highlighted the need to allow Shaheen Afridi sufficient time for development.

The appointment of the vice-captain will be finalized during the pre-series tour, with a training camp scheduled from December 28 to January 3.

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