Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Monday, announced the replacement of Shaheen Afridi for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022, scheduled to start on August 27 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Notably, the left-arm pacer was ruled out of the multi-team event after being advised a 4-6 weeks rest by the medical team following an injury to his right knee ligament. Afridi had sustained the injury while fielding during the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Galle last month.
The apex board has added fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain as a replacement for Afridi in Pakistan’s 15-member squad for the T20 Asia Cup 2022.
So far, Hasnain has represented Pakistan in eight ODIs and 18 T20Is since making his debut in 2019 and has bagged 29 international wickets. The 22-year-old’s last appearance for Pakistan came in the home T20I series against West Indies.
Hasnain will join the side from the United Kingdom, where he is currently representing Oval Invincibles in The Hundred. Meanwhile, PCB also announced that Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir would leave for Dubai to replace Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris, Salman Ali Agha and Zahid Mehmood, who were part of the 16-member ODI squad against the Netherlands.
“Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir will leave for Dubai in the wee hours of Tuesday. They will replace Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris, Salman Ali Agha and Zahid Mehmood, who were part of the 16-member ODI squad against the Netherlands,” said PCB in a release.
Pakistan Squad for Asia Cup 2022 (Updated):
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.