On Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) named a 15-man squad for the upcoming ACC Asia Cup 2022, which is set to take place from August 27th to September 11 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The fans are amazed to see the most veteran cricketer in the national fold currently being expelled from the Asia Cup 2022 squad. There were reported speculations regarding Shoaib Malik’s addition to the crew, however, after the official revelation of the Pakistan squad, many hopes were shattered.
Earlier, while revealing his retirement plan, Malik had said that age is just a number to him, and he is optimistic about serving Pakistan in the upcoming editions of the World Cups. It looks like the board is not in favour of considering him for future plans.
It has been 23 successful years of Malik, and meanwhile, he has donned the national jersey in 35 Tests, 287 ODIs, and 124 T20Is 1898, 7534, and 2435 runs, respectively, alongside clutching 32, 158, and 28 wickets in the formats.
Apart from Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim is nowhere to be seen in the squad. In fact, he has not been around the national crew for a longer tenure. If added, Imad could have been a dangerous addition to the Pakistani panel, tackling situations in the UAE venues.
Hasan Ali, who has visibly been out of form, has been dropped, being replaced by Naseem Shah and the fans feel the decision is justified. Pakistan squad for Asia Cup 2022 is based on young guns involving Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Wasim Jnr, and Haider Ali.
The complete squad is written here:
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir.
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