Reports: Shoaib Malik and Haris Sohail in consideration for Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad
Shoaib Malik hasn’t played for Pakistan since November 2021.
With the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia less than a month away, each of the 16 teams have announced their squads for the marquee event. Pakistan, however, are likely to make major changes to their 15-member squad.
As per reports, veteran batter Shoaib Malik and Haris Sohail are in consideration to return to the setup, following Pakistan’s middle-order struggles of late. The report further added that the duo’s selection has been recommended by national coaches Mushtaq Ahmed and Ijaz Ahmed, and they could replace two of Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed and Asif Ali.
Malik is the second-most capped T20I cricketer in the world currently, and had led Pakistan during their runners-up finish in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, before being a part of the team that lifted the trophy in 2009 in England. In the 2021 edition in the UAE, the right-hander aggregated 100 runs at a strike-rate of 181.82 during Pakistan’s run to the semi-final.
Haris Sohail, meanwhile, has aggregated 209 runs at 41.80 at a strike-rate of 147.18 for Balochistan in the ongoing National T20 Cup 2022/23. Malik has scored 204 at 29.14 with a strike-rate of 140.68 for Central Punjab.
Count down start ....... pic.twitter.com/KGJrVnbNiz— Shoaib Jatt (@Shoaib_Jatt) September 22, 2022
Pakistan, having lost the final of the Asia Cup 2022 recently, are currently hosting England for a seven-match T20I series. They went down by six wickets in the series opener in Karachi on Tuesday, September 20, with Iftikhar and Khushdil contributing 28 off 17 and 5* off 7 respectively in Pakistan's first innings effort of 158/7, after openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan had added 85 in 9.3 overs.
Pakistan T20 World Cup squad
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usman Qadir
Reserves: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani