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Surprise Inclusions as Pakistan Announces Squad for New Zealand ODI Series

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

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