Surprise squad changes: Pakistan all set to take on Bangladesh

The experienced pair of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez will return to the Pakistan side for the T20I series against Bangladesh due to take place, despite the widespread perception that both are way past their peak and prime. However, the biggest surprise is that the duo pace bowlers, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz have failed to make the 15 man squad, with pace bowler Muhammad Musa Keeping his place in the shortest format, while batsman Ahsan Ali and fast bowler Amad Butt have been provided an opportunity to make their mark in international T20 cricket.

Off Spinner, Mohammad Hafeez was recently suspended from bowling in competitions that are organised by the ECB after umpires testified against him in the aftermath of a game in Taunton in the month of August, and impartial assessment discovered that Hafeez was violating the 15-degree limit. Since then, Hafeez has vowed to challenge the outcome, but in the present circumstances, he would be unable to bowl for Pakistan.

Pakistani head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq, has for the second T20 series running has made numerous adjustments to the squad as Pakistan aspire to bring an end to the losing streak as the previous seven T20Is have failed to produce a win. Left arm quick Shaheen Shah Afridi reappears to the side for the first time since World Cup 2019, unavailable for selection during the T20Is against Sri Lanka and Australia, allowing him the opportunity to recover from dengue fever, while spinner Usman Qadir retains his place in the side and may ultimately be in with the chance to make his debut. After the formidable performance during this year’s Big Bash League with his Melbourne Stars team, Haris Rauf has been given a call up into the national attire.

Off Spinner, Mohammad Hafeez was recently suspended from bowling in competitions that are organised by the ECB after umpires testified against him in the aftermath of a game in Taunton in the month of August, and impartial assessment discovered that Hafeez was violating the 15-degree limit. Since then, Hafeez has vowed to challenge the outcome, but in the present circumstances, he would be unable to bowl for Pakistan.

During the last 12 months, Pakistan have won just 1 out of the previous 9 T20s that they have competed, that despite their hold onto the number one ranking within the format, but the cracks in consistency have just started to show. Pakistan Have managed to grasp onto the number one ranking, but that is more evident of their extraordinary performances in the time before this recent succession of insignificant developments, entailing that the Bangladesh series at home offer the prospect of a re-emergence within the format.

The biggest astonishment was the dismissal of the pace duo Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, known for their vast experience and proficiency, have been replaced with a young untested seam bowling attack. Particularly in the case of Amir, who has since the beginning of January 2018, taken the greatest number of wickets than any other Pakistani bowler.

Amir retired from Test cricket in July 2019 so that superior attention could be dedicated to white-ball cricket, with there being clear distress within the PCB in response, which has also caused his contract to be downgraded from category A to category C, the lowest category.

The three match T20I series against Bangladesh will begin on the 24 January, with the other two T20Is to take place on January 25 and 27. All three matches are set to be held at the Lahore based Gaddafi Stadium.

Here is a quick look at Pakistan squad to battle against Bangladesh in T20I series

Babar Azam (Captain), Ahsan Ali, Amad Butt, Iftikhar Ahmed,Haris Rauf, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Mohammad Musa, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Qadir.

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