Pakistan have announced a 16-man squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 that will be played from 15th to 28th September in UAE. Uncapped Shan Masood has been included in the squad while Mohammad Hafeez and Imad Wasim have not been picked for the upcoming tournament.
Mohammad Hafeez last played one-day cricket against New Zealand in January 2018. He scored two half-centuries in the New Zealand series. The 37-year old was given by clearance by International Cricket Council (ICC) after undergoing through a bowling test. He was banned by ICC after being reported for suspect bowling action.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Selector, Inzamam-ul-Haq stated that Hafeez is still part of the one-day plans for the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup that will be played in England.
Inzamam clearly stated that Hafeez was overlooked after he failed to clear fitness tests conducted during the off-season. Similarly, Imad Wasim also could make the cut due to his failure to meet the required fitness standards set by new coach Mickey Arthur.
Shan Masood is a surprise inclusion in the one-day squad for the upcoming Asia Cup. The left-handed batsman has played for Pakistan in Test cricket. Masood was included on the back of strong performances given in the domestic one-day competition.
Mohammad Nawaz has replaced Imad Wasim in the 18-man squad for the competition. In the pace department, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, and Usman Khan Shinwari are included. Uncapped Shaheen Shah Afridi has been included in the squad. Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz are two front-line spin options for Pakistan for the competition.
Pakistan is set to play their opening game against Hong Kong on 16th September. The much-awaited clash with Pakistan will take on 19th September.
Pakistan Squad for Asia Cup 2018: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Junaid Khan.