Pakistan has made three changes to their T20 World Cup 2021 team. Former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and top-order batsman Haider Ali replace Azam Khan and Mohammad Hasnain, respectively, while reserve Fakhar Zaman replaces Khushdil Shah, who was originally chosen in the main 15-member team.

Sohaib Maqsood had to undergo MRI scans on his lower back after an injury he sustained during a National T20 tournament, and Pakistan are still unclear about his inclusion. Mohammad Wasim, Pakistan’s top selector, stated that the adjustments were made in light of the team’s performance in the National T20 competition.

“Azam, Khushdil, and Hasnain must be upset about missing out, but they still have a lot to contribute in their careers. They’re on our radar because there’s a lot of cricket to be played after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.”

“I’m thrilled with the high level of intensity and quality of cricket that we’ve seen in the National T20. It has not only given the players fantastic match practise in preparation for the UAE competition, but it has also allowed us to closely monitor the players’ growth and make decisions that are in the best interests of the team in what will be a competitive tournament,” Wasim added. On October 24, Pakistan will face arch-rival India in Dubai to begin their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign.

Pakistan’s 15-member squad

Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood

Traveling reserves – Khushdil Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir