Pakistan has announced a 16-man squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against New Zealand with a few surprise inclusions in the side.
Babar Azam will lead the Men in Green while vice-captain, Shadab Khan, has been left out of the squad after suffering a finger injury during his stint with Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.
Usama Mir has been included in the squad in the absence of Shadab after a sensational outing in the Pakistan Cup 2023. Middle-order batter, Haris Sohail, has made his return to the squad while Kamran Ghulam has also been handed a call-up to the 50-over side.
Tayyab Tahir has also earned a call-up after finishing as the leading run-scorer in the 2023 Pakistan Cup. Meanwhile, Abdullah Shafique and Sharjeel Khan were left out of the 16-man side.
Express pacer, Haris Rauf has also recovered from his injury and has returned to the squad for the three-match series. Rauf sustained an injury during the first Test between Pakistan and England at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
Here is the full squad:
|Babar Azam (c)||Mohammad Rizwan (wk)||Fakhar Zaman||Imam-ul-Haq|
|Haris Rauf||Haris Sohail||Kamran Ghulam||Shan Masood|
|Mohammad Hasnain||Mohammad Nawaz||Mohammad Wasim Jr||Naseem Shah|
|Salman Ali Agha||Shahnawaz Dahani||Tayyab Tahir||Usama Mir|