Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad can be changed if needed: chief selector
KARACHI: Chief selector Muhammad Wasim on Wednesday said that the Pakistan team has no plans to change the T20 World Cup squad, but there is an option to make some changes if required.
Addressing. Geo NewsWasim admitted that the Pakistani team is facing problems in the middle order and they are trying different combinations in the meantime. England series Before the mega tournament.
In a squad of 15 players announced last weekFast bowlers Mohammad Wasim Jr and Shaheen Shah Afridi along with top-order batsman Shan Masood have been included in the squad for the shortest format for the first time, while Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris and Shahnawaz Durman have been kept as three traveling reserves.
Wasim Jr. was included after fully recovering from a side strain sustained during the ACCT Twenty20 Asia Cup, while Shaheen, who is undergoing rehabilitation from a knee injury in London and is expected to return to next month’s tournament. Expected to resume bowling early, will join the squad in Brisbane on the 15th. October
Team changes may be made until October 15 without the approval of the Event Technical Committee.
Mohammad Wasim said that the performance of the team in the Asia Cup 2022 final and the first T20 against England was not satisfactory.
Pakistan team is facing batting issues which efforts are on to resolve. To address this, the team management has been making different combinations in the recent series as well and giving bench strength a chance. The World Cup is around the corner and we are not too worried about two consecutive defeats.
Regarding the changes in the World Cup squad, the chief selector said that there is no intention to change it now, but the option is definitely there.
“I am not sure what changes can be made. I hope the players selected for the tournament do well. [in the ongoing series].
Injuries can also cause changes, he said Fakhar Zaman is part of the squad and we hope he recovers from injury soon but if he is not fit for the World Cup, some names are under consideration.
He said that Saeem Ayub and Sharjeel Khan are in our 18 players but not in 15.
“It is not necessary to choose an opener instead of an opener. Some names are under consideration.”
Wasim said that he had no objection to criticism of his selection or himself, but regretted targeting the players.