Pakistan Announces Squad for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has unveiled its 15-player squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024.
Pakistan Announces Squad for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

This squad represents a blend of fresh talent and experienced players, reflecting PCB’s strategy to build a balanced and formidable team. The tournament is scheduled to start on June 1, with Pakistan’s first match scheduled for June 6 against the United States at the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in Dallas.

New Players in the Squad

Five players have been selected for their first-ever T20 World Cup.

  • Abrar Ahmed: Known for his leg-spin bowling, Abrar has impressed with his variations and control, making him a valuable asset in the shorter format.
  • Azam Khan: A hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman, Azam Khan has shown his capability to change games with his explosive batting.
  • Mohammad Abbas Afridi: A promising fast bowler, Mohammad Abbas Afridi brings pace and swing, adding depth to Pakistan’s bowling attack.
  • Saim Ayub: A talented top-order batsman, Saim Ayub has been consistent in domestic cricket, earning him a spot in the squad.
  • Usman Khan: An aggressive batsman known for his power-hitting, Usman Khan’s inclusion adds further firepower to Pakistan’s batting lineup.

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Returning Players

  • Mohammad Amir: The left-arm fast bowler, renowned for his swing and pace, returns to the T20 World Cup squad after his last appearance in 2016.
  • Imad Wasim: The all-rounder, who last played in the T20 World Cup in 2021, brings experience and versatility with both bat and ball.

Players from the 2022 Squad

Eight players from the squad that competed in the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia have been retained.

  • Babar Azam (Captain): Leading the side, Babar Azam is one of the premier batsmen in the world, known for his elegant Cover Drive, stroke play and consistency.
  • Fakhar Zaman: An aggressive opener, Fakhar’s ability to score quickly at the top of the order is crucial for Pakistan.
  • Haris Rauf: A fast bowler known for his speed and accuracy, Haris is a key part of the pace attack.
  • Iftikhar Ahmed: A middle-order batsman and part-time off-spinner, Iftikhar provides balance to the side.
  • Mohammad Rizwan: The wicketkeeper-batsman has been in outstanding form, known for his resilience and ability to anchor the innings.
  • Naseem Shah: A young fast bowler with raw pace, Naseem is seen as a future star.
  • Shadab Khan: The vice-captain and leg-spinning all-rounder, Shadab brings energy and versatility to the team.
  • Shaheen Shah Afridi: One of the leading fast bowlers in world cricket, Shaheen’s left-arm pace is a vital component of Pakistan’s bowling unit.

The PCB has described the squad as “extremely talented and balanced,” highlighting the mix of youth and experience. The board expressed confidence in the team’s preparation.

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Pakistan Squad for T20 World Cup 2024

Babar Azam (captain)Mohammad Abbas Afridi
Abrar AhmedSaim Ayub
Azam KhanNaseem Shah
Fakhar ZamanMohammad Rizwan
Haris RaufShadab Khan
Imad WasimShaheen Shah Afridi
Iftikhar AhmedUsman Khan
Mohammad Amir

The T20 World Cup 2024, hosted by the USA and the Caribbean, will be an exciting event. With a squad rich in talent and potential, Pakistan aims to make a strong impact and compete for the title.

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