Newly appointed Chief Selector and Head Coach of Pakistan Cricket Team, Misbah-ul-Haq, has announced the one-day squad for the three-match series against Sri Lanka.
Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the squad in the series while Babar Azam will be his deputy.
Opening batsman Abid Ali has been recalled in the opening line-up, he is likely to open the batting with Imam-ul-Haq, with Fakhar recovering from a knee injury.
Among other surprise entries, left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari, left-arm off-spinner Mohammad Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan are part of the 16-man squad.
Senior batsmen Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, and Ahmed Shehzad have been sidelined for this series. Misbah said that these players are still in the pool.
Young fast bowlers Shaheen Afridi and Hassan Ali are not part of the squad due to fitness issues. While Shaheen is still recovering from Dengue fever, Hassan Ali is suffering from back spasms.
Pakistan ODI Squad
|Sarfraz Ahmed (Capt.)||Babar Azam (VC)||Fakhar Zaman||Imam-ul-Haq|
|Abid Ali||Asif Ali||Haris Sohail||Mohammad Rizwan|
|Iftikhar Ahmed||Mohammad Nawaz||Shadab Khan||Imad Waseem|
|Mohammad Amir||Usman Khan Shinwari||Mohammad Hasnain||Wahab Riaz|