Naseem Shah has been named to Pakistan’s 16-man ODI squad for the Netherlands trip, as well as the 15-man T20I team for the forthcoming Asia Cup. The uncapped pacer would be replacing the injured Hasan Ali. The 19-year-old bowler has already represented Pakistan in 13 Tests, and he will be joined in the ODI series by all-rounder Salman Agha, which will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
Left-arm bowler Shaheen Afridi, who is undergoing his recovery process, has also been named in both squads.
Squad for Netherlands ODIs: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vc), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imam ul Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Salman Agha, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Zahid Mehmood
Squad for Asia Cup: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vc), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir
Speaking on the team selection, chief selector Mohammad Wasim said, “We have only made changes that were necessary. Both the competitions are important for us and, as such, we have picked our best available players in consultation with the captain and head coach.
“Hasan has been given a break from international cricket and he has been replaced by Naseem Shah.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.
“Salman Ali Agha has been recalled to the ODI side after 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.”
The players will attend a training camp in Lahore from the 6th to the 11th of August, when they will play two 50-over matches. The squads will then fly for Amsterdam on August 12, with the players chosen for the T20I squad arriving in Dubai on August 22.