LAHORE: Chairman PCB Shaharyar Khan has approved 14 and 16-member squads for the two T20 and the One Day Internationals (ODI) against New Zealand respectively.
Six-member selection committee headed by former captain Moin Khan, Chairman PCB Shaharyar M Khan have approved final squads against New Zealand.
The two T20s are scheduled for Dec. 4 and 5 in Dubai, followed by the ODI series, with the first of the two contests slated for Dec. 8 at Dubai and the second on Dec. 12 at Sharjah.
“Both the squads are well-balanced, with a decent blend of in-form batsmen and good all-rounders, with the bowling attack a potent mix of pace and spin combinations,” said chief selector Moin Khan.
Paceman Umar Gul and batsman Younis Khan returned to Pakistan’s squads for next month’s T20 and One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand in United Arab Emirates, officials said on Sunday. The 30-year-old Gul had his career derailed by a knee operation last year and in his return early this year he failed to impresss. Pakistan’s chief selector Moin Khan said Gul and Riaz’s return will bolster the squad.
“Gul and Riaz are making comebacks from injury to make the pace attack more potent and I hope the squad will do well considering next year’s World Cup,” Khan said in a Pakistan Cricket Board release. Also returning to the one-day team is 37-year-old Younis who amassed 468 runs in the 2-0 win over Australia last month.
Pakistan T20 squad: Shahid Afridi (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Irfan, Awais Zia, Raza Hasan, Saad Nasim, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz.