Haris Sohail, Shan Masood earn ODI recalls for New Zealand series

by Staff •  Published on Thu, Jan 5, 2023, 

Uncapped batters Tayyab Tahir and Kamran Ghulam, and wrist spinner Usama Mir have been named in Pakistan’s 16-man squad for the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand. The squad also sees recalls for Shan Masood and Haris Sohail but there’s no place for Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris and Zahid Mehmood. Opening batter Sharjeel Khan, who was named in the probables list last week, also doesn’t make the cut.

While Kamran Ghulam is part of the Test squad, Tahir and Mir make it on the back of some excellent numbers in the Pakistan Cup. Tahir comes in after scoring 573 runs in the tournament which won him the Best Batter award whereas Mir won the corresponding award for bowlers after picking up 28 wickets in the tournament.

Pakistan vice-captain Shadab Khan was not available for selection after fracturing his right index finger in Australia last week.

Fast bowler Haris Rauf, who copped an injury during the first Test against England in Rawalpindi, has “regained complete fitness” according to Pakistan Cricket Board and thereby included. However, Shaheen Afridi has been given more time to recover following advice from the medical panel “despite making good progress” according to PCB. “He is expected to return to competitive cricket next month in the HBL Pakistan Super League 8,” the board further said in a release.

ODI squad: Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood, Tayyab Tahir and Usama Mir

“We had limited ODI cricket last year and this year, we are scheduled to play 11 ODIs before we participate in the ACC Asia Cup, followed by the World Cup in conditions that will be familiar to us. So, we aim to make optimum use of these 11 ODIs by providing opportunities to our consistent performers that will enable us to select the best available players for the two important tournaments,” said Shahid Afridi who is serving as the interim chief selector.

“In this background, we have decided to recall experienced Haris Sohail and Shan Masood as we believe the two lads still have plenty to offer to Pakistan cricket. We have not only rewarded Tayyab Tahir and Usama Mir for their outstanding performances in our domestic events, they have also been identified as future prospects. These four players, along with Kamran Ghulam, have good knowledge of our conditions and have the talent and potential to excel at the highest level.

“Players who could not make in the ODI side will remain in contention as the objective from this series is to have absolute clarity on the pool of players for international cricket in 2023 and beyond. For this reason, outstanding domestic performers and senior players getting back to form and fitness have been given opportunities to showcase their performances. Workload management and separate squads for red and white-ball cricket is also under consideration, which will require a wider pool of players. I urge the players to continue to work hard and be ready for a call-up.”

The first of the three ODIs, all scheduled in Karachi, is set to be played on January 9.

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