Shehzad dropped as PCB names squad to face Australia, Zimbabwe in T20I tri-series

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), announced a 15-member squad Friday for Twenty20 international (T20I) triangular series with Australia and Zimbabwe scheduled for 1-8 July 2018 in Harare.

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There was only two changes in the squad from the T20 series against the Scotland in June, with  Muhammad Hafeez replacing Ahmed Shehazad and Sahibzada Farhan replaced out of form bowler Rahat Ali.

The National Selection Committee headed by Inzamam ul Haq after consultation with Captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Head Coach Mickey Arthur also announced 15-member ODI squad for the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.

“Sahibzada Farhan has been selected in the T-20I squad, whereas Mohammad Hafeez is selected in both T-20I and ODI squad, and will be available for the team as an all-rounder after his bowling action was cleared.  Asif Ali was included in the ODI squad to strengthen the lower middle order while Junaid Khan and Yasir Shah makes a comeback in the ODI squad after getting fit from the injury. Babar Azam was not considered for T20s because he is recovering from injury and as per medical staff, it is hoped that he would be fit for Odis said Inzamam ul Haq, chief selector.

The triangular series will take place from July 1 to July 8, 2018, whereas the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe will commence from July 13, 2018. The ODIs have been scheduled at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo on July 13, 16, 18, 20 and 22, 2018, respectively.

Pakistan team (ODI and T-20I) camp will be from June 25 to 27, 2018 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. The team will depart for Zimbabwe on June 28, 2018.

It is pertinent to mention here that  Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad wast tested positive for doping on Wednesday.

As per the reports Shehzad can face a ban of at least three months from international cricket for violating the anti-doping laws.

However under ICC rules PCB cannot name the player or charge him until the  chemical report is confirmed by the Anti-Doping Agency.

Pakistani Squad:

Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Tallat, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Hassan Ali, Sahibzada Farhan, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Australian Squad: 

Aaron Finch(c), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Travis Head, Nic Maddinson, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Andrew Tye, Jack Wildermuth.

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