Sarfaraz Ahmed might return whereas Shan Masood to get maiden call-up in T20I squad
KARACHI: Frustrated fans and followers of the Pakistan cricket team must be waiting for a huge change in the squad after a dismal performance against Sri Lanka in T20 Asia Cup 2022 final.
Pakistan’s middle-order batting deteriorated followed by injury-hit players throughout the tournament. Pakistani pacers crumbled while suffering from cramps during a couple of matches.
From top-order batting to bowling, there must be some surprises in the team’s selection for seven-match home T20I series against England.
Senior sports journalist Abdul Majid Bhatti shared that wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan might be given rest during England series. There will be a tough competition between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Harris to replace team’s regular wicket-keeper.
Sarfaraz made an impressive comeback in the ongoing National T20 Cup while representing Sindh. The right-handed batter has so far scored the fifth-highest 193 runs in the tournament a strike rate of 141.91.
Mohammad Harris of KPK has scored 100 runs in six National T20 Cup matches. The young wicket-keeper will be a strong contender to replace Rizwan.
“Rizwan might be given rest. Sarfaraz and Harris are in contention to replace him for England series,” the journalist told Geo Super.
If Rizwan is given rest, Fakhar Zaman can get a chance to play in his natural position (opening). In the number three position, Fakhar could only score 96 runs in six matches.
Out-of-form Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah will be dropped from the squad.
“Iftikhar and Khushdil will be dropped from the squad following their performance. Also, the team will think about the replacement of Asif Ali,” Bhatti said.
Meanwhile, Shan Masood is a strong contender to be included in the squad for the number four position. “Shan Masood has been scoring runs in number four position. He is most likely to make it to the squad this time around,” he said.
Shan of Balochistan, while playing in number four position, scored 96 runs in six matches in the ongoing National T20 Cup.