Pakistan announces 29-man squad for England tour

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Haider Ali and Babar Azam

Haider Ali, one of the star batsmen at the 2020 Under-19 World Cup, has received a maiden national call-up as Pakistan announced a 29-man squad for upcoming England tour.

Pakistan and hosts England will play three Tests in August followed by a three-match T20I series. All the matches will take place behind closed doors as part of unprecedented measures to stay safe from coronavirus pandemic. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has come up extensive plans to keep Pakistan’s players in a bio-secure environment – likely to be in Birmingham initially – from the moment they land in the country.

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir and batsman Haris Sohail, earlier, pulled out from the tour. Amir, who retired from Test cricket last year and was only eligible for the T20Is, withdrew so that he could be present for the birth of his second child in August. It is understood that Sohail pulled out due to personal reasons.

Pakistan’s 29-man squad for England tour:

Openers: Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood

Middle-order batsmen: Azhar Ali (Test captain), Babar Azam (Test vice-captain and T20I captain), Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik

Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed

Fast bowlers: Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz

Spinners: Imad Wasim, Kashif Bhatti, Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah

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CATEGORY: Babar Azam, News, Pakistan, T20, Test Match

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