Mohammad Hasnain replaces Shaheen Afridi in Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad
Right-arm quick Mohammad Hasnain has been named Shaheen Afridi’s replacement in Pakistan’s Asia Cup 2022 squad, as confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday, August 22.
Afridi has been ruled out of the competition and the seven-match home T20I series against England in September with a knee injury, which he had picked during the first of two Tests in Sri Lanka earlier this season.
Hasnain, 22, has represented Pakistan in 18 T20Is and eight ODIs till date since his international debut in March 2019. He had bagged 12 wickets while maintaining an economy of 7.9, with a best of 3/37 in T20Is. Overall, he has bagged 100 wickets from 82 T20s, including for Quetta Gladiators, Sydney Thunder and Trinbago Knight Riders, with a best of 4/25 and an economy of 8.51.
"Hasnain will join the side from the United Kingdom, where he is representing Oval Invincibles in The Hundred competition," the official PCB release stated. "Meanwhile, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir will leave for Dubai in the wee hours of Tuesday. They will replace Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris, Salman Ali Agha and Zahid Mehmood, who were part of the 16-member ODI squad against the Netherlands."
Pakistan, who recently clean swept Netherlands in an away three-match ODI series, will begin their Asia Cup 2022 campaign against arch-rivals India at the Dubai International Stadium on August 28.
Pakistan Squad for Asia Cup 2022: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain)Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir.