The biggest cricketing tournament in the Asian Sub-continent is around the corner. The Cricketing action is all set to begin on August 27. Every team has finalized their squads and have begun with their practices for the Asia Cup.
Pakistan has earlier announced the squad for Asia Cup on August 3. The squad led by Pakistan Star Batter Babar Azam had a great count of young talents as well as was blessed with some sort of experience.
Earlier Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Khushdil Shah, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.
Pakistan was currently playing ODIs against Netherland wherein an unfortunate event caused a major setback for the Pakistan Cricket Team ahead of the Asia Cup. Pakistan’s ace fast bowler Shaheen Afridi had to suffer a major knee injury while fielding for his team. The injury was so major that it caused him the whole Asia Cup. Shaheen Afridi has been ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022.
Replacement in the form of Mohammad Hasnain:
Today, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have made an official announcement on their website regarding the changes in their Asia Cup Squad. 22-year-old Hasnain has represented Pakistan in 18 T20Is in which he has taken 17 wickets. Hasnain will join the side from the United Kingdom, where he is representing Oval Invincibles in The Hundred competition as reported on the official site of PCB.
In the same announcement, PCB also cleared that Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir will leave for Dubai in the wee hours of Tuesday. They will replace Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris, Salman Ali Agha and Zahid Mehmood, who were part of the 16-member ODI squad against the Netherlands.
Pakistan Squad For Asia Cup 2022 (Revised): Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.
Pakistan will be seen in action against India in their opener in Dubai on Sunday, 28 August, while their second Group A fixture will be against a qualifier (UAE, Kuwait, Singapore or Hong Kong) in Sharjah on Friday, 2 September. The Super Four matches will be played from 3-9 September.
See the latest tweet by PCB:
🗣️ 🇵🇰 captain @babarazam258 shares his views on his team's ODI series whitewash over the Netherlands, Shaheen Afridi's absence and the response from the fans in Rotterdam#NEDvPAK | #BackTheBoysInGreen pic.twitter.com/0QMevjqDxw
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 22, 2022