Mohammad Hafeez once again survived
Opener Mohammad Hafeez once again survived after his poor performance in recent ongoing test match series against England as Pakistan ODI squad is announced by chief selector Inzamam ul Haq. Inzamam ul Haq said that, A 15 men squad is announced after consultation with captain, coach and team management. All the stake holder are agreed on the squad. But people are criticizing Inzamam for selecting Mohammad Hafeez because of his prro performance.
Sami Aslam who scored two brilliant half centuries in Edgbaston test managed to take a place in Pakistan ODI squad. Sami is included in the team after Shan Masood did not scored in first two test matches of the series. Mohammad Nawaz is also included in the team. Nawaz was the find of PSL 2016 in UAE where he took 13 wickets. After his International debut Nawaz was failed to make an impact, but selectors are giving him another chance to perform well at higher level.
Yasir Shah will also play his first ODI for Pakistan after his doping scandal. He played his last ODI for Pakistan in Novermber 2015. Pakistan also included a 22 year old right arm seamer Hasan Ali to the team. Hasan Ali and Mohammad Nawaz played recently in England for Pakistan A. So they already have experience of Engliash conditions. It will be a big moment for young Hasan Ali as he will debut for Pakistan.
Pakistan also included 32 year old Umr Gul in the team. Umar did not play any ODI for Pakistan since April 2015. He is one of the two fast bowlers who accused the double standards of the selectors. The other one was Junaid Khan. Pakistan dropped Sohaib Maqsood, Ahmad Shehzad, Mohammad Irfan and Anwar Ali.
Sohaib had a bad run with the bat after his debut. Although he was given many chances by the selectors after he was considered as the alternate of Inzamam ul Haq. But the right handed batsman from Multan failed to score after his fine debut when he scored two half centuries against South Africa. Ahmad Shehzad is droped from the team due to his undisciplined nature. Mohammad Irfan and Anwar Ali also not performed well in recent past for Pakistan.
Mohammad Irfan just took 12 wickets in last 9 matches for Pakistan. Due to his height and injury prone nature, Pakistan has handled him with great care in past. But he is now dropped for the most important series against England and Ireland.
Pakistan ODI Squad
- Azhar Ali (captain)
- Sharjeel Khan
- Sami Aslam
- Mohammad Hafeez
- Babar Azam
- Shoaib Malik
- Sarfraz Ahmed
- Mohammad Rizwan
- Mohammad Amir
- Wahab Riaz
- Umar Gul
- Hasan Ali
- Imad Wasim
- Yasir Shah
- Mohammad Nawaz
Changes to Pakistan ODI Squad
In’s: Sharjeel Khan, Sami Aslam, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Umar Gul, Mohammad Nawaz
Out’s: Sohaib Maqsood, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Zafar Gohar, Rahat Ali,