In preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Thursday their 15-member squad.
Afridi returned to the squad after missing the Asia Cup with a knee injury, but Malik remained absent. There are four pacers in the squad: Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, and Mohammad Wasim Jr.
Former Pakistani bowler Mohammad Amir, however, wasn’t thrilled with the selection. A month after retiring from international cricket in December 2020, the left-arm fast bowler tweeted that he would be available for Pakistan once the then-management left. Since then, Amir has yet to return to the Pakistan side.
On his official Twitter profile, Amir expressed his disagreement with the T20 World Cup squad announcement. In an apparent dig at Muhammad Wasim, Amir wrote, “chief selector ki cheap selection.”.
Amir’s tweet, however, didn’t please a majority of Pakistan fans:
During the Asia Cup final last Sunday against Sri Lanka, Fakhar Zaman injured his knee while fielding, which prevented him from making the T20 World Cup squad. As a standby, Fakhar has been selected.
Despite Sri Lanka winning the Asia Cup by 23 runs, the selectors kept faith in Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Asif Ali’s middle order.
After Fakhar and Afridi were ruled out due to injury, two top performers from domestic cricket, Aamir Jamal and mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed, were called up for the home series against England.
Besides Pakistan, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, and two qualifiers are in the same group as Pakistan. The opening game will be played in Melbourne on October 23 between Pakistan and India.