Srinagar: Pakistan cricket team chief selector Mohammad Wasim has said that senior cricketer Hasan Ali hasn’t been dropped from the squad but given a break.
Pakistan recently announced its squads for Netherlands tour and Asia Cup, dropping senior players like Hasan Ali and Shoaib Malik.
There has been more or less the same squad that was selected for the ICC 2021 T20 World Cup with no major tinkering in the line-up and Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim claimed he picked the best available players.
“Hasan has been given a break from international cricket and he has been replaced by Naseem Shah. He is express fast and can give further impetus to the fast bowling department, which already boasts Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shahnawaz Dahani. Naseem has not played any international white-ball cricket, but he has demonstrated with the red-ball that he is an attacking option with good pace and controlled swing,” Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim was quoted.
“Naseem Shah has got the pace and he is an attacking option and he can swing the ball as well. He has got the temperament to deal with international cricket pressure as well which he demonstrated in the Test format and we are hoping he will be successful in white ball cricket as well. We have gone with the best spin-all-round options and they are Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz,” Mohammad Wasim further said.
“Salman Ali Agha has been recalled to the ODI side. He performed well in the past two Pakistan Cup tournaments, averaging 40.33 and 48.8, respectively. He also gives Babar Azam an additional bowling option.”