Pakistan names squad for Friday’s first ODI against Zimbabwe
Taking to Twitter, the PCB announced the 15-member squad for the first match.
15 member squad for the first #PAKvZIM ODI— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 29, 2020
Imam ul Haq
Babar Azam (c)
Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Musa Khan#HarHaalMainCricket pic.twitter.com/o1wy8ycYKQ
Babar Azam has been named as captain while Mohammad Rizwan was chosen as wicketkeeper for the match. However, Shadab Khan, the vice-captain, was not available due to a strain injury and the medical board confirmed that he was unavailable.
Veteran Mohammad Hafeez and National T20 starlets Abdullah Shafique and Haider Ali were among the notable absentees. Shafique had turned heads during the recently concluded domestic tournament whereas Haider had made his name with his debut half-century against England.
However, both were cut as head coach Misbah-ul-Haq preferred proven, established quality over experimentation.
Mohammad Hafeez, who was also excellent in the National T20 Cup, also missed out as so do young wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir, vice-captain Shadab Khan (injury), spinner Zafar Gohar and pacer Mohammad Hasnain.