Pakistan relaxation six key players, Abbas given World Cup trial


Pakistan has named a 16-member squad for the five-fit ODI collection towards Australia. Numerous vital gamers rested, including captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Fakhar Zaman, while Mohammad Abbas ought to make his ODI bow before the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi have all been informed to place their feet up simultaneously as Hussain Talat has been dropped and Mohammad Hafeez continues to be benched after thumb surgical procedure.

Coming in for the aforementioned are Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan, Umar Akmal, Yasir Shah, and the uncapped quartet of Abbas, Abid Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, and Saad Ali, even as Shoaib Malik, the 37-yr-antique all-rounder with 279 ODI appearances beneath his belt, will lead Pakistan in Sarfaraz’s absence.

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Pakistan chairman of selectors Inzamam-ul-Haq conceded that the choice to rest famous person players become “contemplating the player workload within the construct-up to the World Cup.” After this series, Pakistan faces England in a one-off T20I and a five-match ODI collection, with different warm-up video games also scheduled before the World Cup.

“Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, and Saad Ali have been rewarded for stellar performances in home cricket,” confirmed Inzamam. “Abid Ali has been knocking at the doors of global cricket … Mohammad Hasnain has been diagnosed as one among the fast bowlers for the destiny.”

It is the selection of Abbas, up until now a five-day expert for Pakistan, that is the maximum interesting as he gears up for a World Cup trial. “Mohammad Abbas, we assume, could be a handy wicket-taking bowler in English situations as he has often made the brand new ball do the speaking,” added Inzamam. “He may be as effective and lethal with the brand new ball in ODI cricket as he is inside the longer layout.”

The Pakistan cricket crew will leave for the UAE on 18 March.

Pakistan ODI squad to face Australia: Shoaib Malik (c), Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan, Saad Ali, Shan Masood, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah.