Pakistan Cricket Board’s chief selector Mohsin Khan, today, announced 16-member squad of Pakistan which will tour Zimbabwe to play a Test, 3 ODI’s and a T20I.
Misbah-ul-Haq, as reported earlier, is set to lead Pakistan in all three formats. It is first time that Misbah is officially named captain to lead Pakistan in Twenty20 cricket though he has captained once in 2009 against Australia in Dubai.
The notable inclusions in squad came in the form of Ramiz Raja (Jr), who performed extraordinarily in recent Super Eight T20 competition of Pakistan, and Aizaz Cheema, who was selected for the West Indies tour but missed out due to injury.
Yasir Shah, leg-spinner from NWFP, has also got the maiden call in Pakistan’s squad. On the other hand, a bizarre selection of Imran Farhat spurred many people to raise fingers on selectors.
Sohail Tanvir, who led Rawalpindi Rams in a victorious campaign of Super Eight T20 cup, and Adnan Akmal are also back in Pakistan’s squad.
Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul and Abdur Rehman are rested whereas Shoaib Malik’s name is put in stand-by players but Malik’s inclusion in the team is subjected to clearance from corruption allegations.
Complete Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufiq Umar, Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Rameez Raja Junior, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Sohail Tanveer, Sohail Khan, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema.
Pakistan will leave for Zimbabwe in the last week of August and start tour with a Test match which will begin from September 1st in Bulawayo.