Azam Khan, a hard-hitting batsman in the Pakistani T20 International cricket team (Moin Khan Son Azam) has been entered. Azam, the son of former Pakistan captain Moin Khan, was selected in the squad for the tours of England and the West Indies on Friday after a stellar performance in domestic cricket. Interestingly, he has lost 30 kg (66 lb) to make it to the team.
The selectors have also re-inducted Imad Wasim for three T20 Internationals in England and five T20 Internationals in West Indies besides Haris Sohail for three ODIs in England. Fast bowlers Muhammad Abbas and Naseem Shah have also returned to the squad for the two-match Test series against the West Indies in Jamaica. Abbas and Naseem were ignored in the recent two Test matches played in Zimbabwe.
Azam’s name in the T20 team is surprising as he has played only one first-class match so far. Although he has played 36 T20 matches and has the image of a batsman with big shots. He has played in Pakistan Super League and Sri Lanka Premier League.
The selectors have also named veteran leg-spinner Yasir Shah in the two-Test squad but his final selection will be based on passing the fitness test. He was also overlooked for the tour of Zimbabwe due to a knee injury. The Pakistan team will play a series of three ODIs and as many T20 matches on the England tour from July 8 to 20.
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Test: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafiq, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Yasir Shah (depending on fitness), Zahid Mahmood.
ODI Team: Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan (Vice-Captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan ( Wicketkeeper), Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir.
T20 International Team: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir.