Pakistan have dropped pacer Hasan Ali and replaced him with teenage fast bowler Naseem Shah in their T20 squad for the Asia Cup, which starts on August 27 in Dubai.
Naseem has played 13 Tests but the 19-year-old pacer is yet to play a limited-overs international for Pakistan. He has also been picked for the three-match ODI series in the Netherlands ahead of the Asia Cup.
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“Hasan has been given a break from international cricket and replaced by Naseem Shah,” chief selector Mohammad Wasim said after announcing the squad on Wednesday.
“He (Naseem) can add more impetus to the pace and fast bowling department, which already boasts of Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi and Shahnawaz Dahani.
“Naseem has not played any international white-ball cricket, but with the red ball he has proved that he is an attacking option with good pace and controlled swing.”
Pace spearhead Afridi, who suffered a knee injury in Sri Lanka last month, has been named in both squads but doctors will determine when he can return to action, the Pakistan Cricket Board said.
Babar Azam’s side will begin their Asia Cup campaign against arch-rivals India in a blockbuster on Sunday, August 28 in Dubai.
Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Junion, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz . Dahani and Usman Qadir