PCB Delays Pakistan Squad Announcement for NZ Series

 PCB Delays Pakistan Squad Announcement for NZ Series

PCB Chairman Delays Announcement of Pakistan Squad for New Zealand Series

Speaking to media in Lahore on Sunday, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Mohsin Naqvi revealed a delay in the announcement of the Green Shirts’ squad for the upcoming home series against New Zealand. Originally expected on April 8, the squad announcement is now scheduled for April 9.

The T20I series against New Zealand is set to commence on April 18, featuring five matches, with three scheduled in Rawalpindi and two in Lahore. Players selected for the T20I squad are expected to report in Islamabad on April 14, with the 18-member squad announcement to be made by selectors in a press conference.

Among the players likely to be included are Imad Wasim and Mohammed Amir, who both reversed their retirements from international cricket after discussions with the PCB. Other expected selections include Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, and Fakhar Zaman.

Injuries may sideline Haris Rauf from the national side, while the United Arab Emirates’s Usman Khan, based on his performance in the Pakistan Super League’s ninth edition (PSL 9), is confirmed for the squad.

The PCB is anticipated to announce team management officials in the coming days, with foreign head coaches’ availability dependent on contract agreements.

Naqvi emphasized Pakistan’s busy upcoming cricket season, featuring a series against Ireland, England, the T20I World Cup, Bangladesh, Australia, and South Africa. He also highlighted the tri-party series and Champions Trophy events slated to take place in Pakistan, underscoring the nation’s packed cricketing calendar.

As anticipation builds for the squad announcement and subsequent series, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the composition of the national team and the challenges that lie ahead on the cricketing horizon.

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