Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recalled fast bowlers Mohammad Amir in the 16-man squad for Twenty20 series against New Zealand later this month, chief selector Haroon Raheed announced on Friday.
Pakistan is scheduled to play three T20’s and three one-day internationals against New Zealand, starting in mid-January. The T20’s would be played at Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington on January 15, 17 and 22 respectively, while the ODI’s have been scheduled at Wellington, Napier and Auckland on January 25, 28 and 31.
“With ICC World T20 slated for March-April 2016, the T20 team has been selected with a view to provide opportunities to everyone likely to feature in the squad for the global event. The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and the selectors believe that it would acquit itself well on the tour”, said chief selector Haroon Rashid.
“The team has been selected keeping in view the forthcoming ICC World T20, to be held in March-April 2016 in India.’, added Haroon.
“The selectors monitored the training and fitness camp to assess the current fitness levels and fielding standards. Imad Wasim is fully fit and his selection is likely to give greater balance to the team combination’, said the Chief selector.
However, Haroon pointed out that Mohammad Amir will travel with the team subject to grant of visa by the New Zealand government.
16-member T20I squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shahid Afridi (captain), Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Amir Yamin, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Mohammad Rizwan, Saad Nasim, Mohammad Amir (Subject to grant of visa).
16-member ODI squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sohaib Maqsood, Zafar Gohar, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir (Subject to grant of visa).