T20 World Cup 2021 Pakistan Squad: Everything you need to know about Pakistan’s 15-member squad | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: The Indian and Pakistan cricket teams play each other only in ICC tournaments these days. Chances are many Indian cricket fans might not know too much about the players selected in the 15 member Pakistan squad for the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.
Ahead of the mega India vs Pakistan clash in the T20 World Cup on Sunday in Dubai, here’s take a look at Pakistan’s full squad led by the dynamic Babar Azam.
Babar Azam (Right hand top order batsman and Captain)
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is rated as one of the top batsmen across formats amongst the current crop of young players. He has made a big impact since his arrival on the international circuit in 2016. Interestingly this will be the first time the 27-year-old Babar leads Pakistan in an ICC tournament and he will have a big responsibility on his shoulders to score at the top of the order for his team. The 2nd-ranked T20I batsman in the world, Babar has so far played 61 T20I matches, scoring 2204 runs at an impressive average of 46.89. He has one century and 20 fifties to his name in the shortest format of the game.

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Shadab Khan (Leg spinner and Vice Captain)
Shadab Khan has been an integral member of Pakistan’s limited-overs teams and his consistent performances earned him the appointment as vice captain last year. The 23-year-old Shadab has established himself as an attacking leg break bowler over the years and he also has the ability to contribute with the bat in the lower middle-order. He has taken 58 wickets in 53 matches with a best figure of 4/14 in T20 international cricket. Shadab made an immediate impact in the shortest format. He took seven wickets in his first two T20Is and won the Man-of-the-Match award on both occasions.

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Asif Ali (Right handed middle order batsman)
Asif Ali is expected to play the role of a power hitter for Pakistan in the T20 World Cup. He has already chipped in with crucial cameos in the shortest format to get his team home. But the 30-year-old Asif has a mediocre record in T20Is overall. He has just scored 344 runs in 29 matches so far, with a best of an unbeaten 41. The right-handed Asif impressed fans with his knock against South Africa in the T20 World Cup warm-up match. He scored 32 runs off 18 balls at a strike rate of 177.77 with the help of two fours and as many sixes.

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Fakhar Zaman (Left hand opening batsman)
After initially being left out of Pakistan’s 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup, Fakhar Zaman, who was originally named as a travel reserve, has swapped his place with Khushdil Shah to get into the side. The left-handed Zaman purely relies on his timing to score runs and possesses the capability to deliver excellent performance in powerplay overs. The 31-year-old Zaman has made 1021 runs in 53 T20I games at an average of 21.72 with 91 being the highest score he has registered so far.

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Haider Ali (Right handed middle order batsman)
Haider Ali has established himself as an aggressive top-order batsman. The 21-year-old Haider was dropped from the initial Pakistan squad after violating a biosecure bubble in the Pakistan Super League in the UAE in June. But his performance forced the selectors to include him in the 15-member squad. He has so far scored 256 runs in 15 matches at an average of 19.69. He has a strike rate of 132 in T20Is.

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Haris Rauf (Right arm fast bowler)
Haris Rauf is the latest fast bowling sensation of Pakistan, who can trouble the batsmen with his ability to regularly touch the 150kmph mark. The 27-year-old right-arm pacer’s aggression while bowling has been a big talking point. His throat-slicing wicket celebration in the Big Bash League also sparked controversy. He has taken 28 wickets in 23 matches with a best of 3/29in T20 international cricket so far.

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Hasan Ali (Right arm medium pacer)
Hasan Ali announced his arrival on the world stage during Pakistan’s successful ICC Champions Trophy campaign in 2017. He was named the best bowler of the tournament. The right-arm medium fast bowler will spearhead Pakistan’s pace attack in the T20 World Cup this time. Skipper Babar Azam has also tipped Hasan to stand out as the tournament’s best bowler. The 27-year-old Hasan has accounted for 52 scalps in 41 T20I matches with a best of 4/18.

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Imad Wasim (All-rounder- Left hand batsman and spinner)
It will be a second T20 World Cup for all-rounder Imad Wasim after representing his country at the T20 World Cup for the first time in 2016. He can win his team matches with both his left arm orthodox bowling and batting in the middle order. The 32-year-old Imad wanted to emulate Wasim Akram but he didn’t have the required pace. However, the transition to left-arm spin reaped rich dividends for him. Imad has 51 wickets under his belt in 52 T20I matches with a best of 5/14.

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Mohammad Hafeez (All-rounder – Right hand batsmen and off spinner)
Mohammad Hafeez, who recently turned 41, is Pakistan’s highest run-getter in the shortest format of the game, making 2429 runs in 113 matches so far. He will make his sixth T20 World Cup appearance this time having not been part of Pakistan’s 2009 World Cup winning campaign. His handy offspin bowling has also earned him 60 wickets so far. Hafeez’s knack of getting wickets at crucial junctures makes him an extremely valuable player even at the age of 41. His experience will be crucial for skipper Babar Azam and the Pakistan team.

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Mohammad Nawaz (All-rounder – Left hand batsman and spinner)
Mohammad Nawaz changed his bowling style to left-arm spin at the age of 14 after beginning as a left-arm medium-fast bowler. The 27-year old Nawaz made his T20I debut for Pakistan against the United Arab Emirates in the 2016 Asia Cup. Nawaz has taken 20 wickets in the 24 T20Is he has played so far.

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Mohammad Rizwan (Wicket-keeper and right hand batsman)
Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan has been the most consistent performer in the shortest format for his team this year. He enters this edition of the T20 World Cup as the leading run-getter in 2021, with 752 runs at a phenomenal average of 94. The 29-year-old Rizwan has scored 1065 runs in 43 matches at an impressive average of 48.40. He has slammed one hundred and eight half-centuries.

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Mohammad Wasim (All-rounder – Right hand batsman and medium fast bowler)
The right-arm medium bowler Mohammad Wasim has made his T20I debut against the West Indies earlier this year. The 20-year-old Wasim is yet to prove his credentials. So far he has just played four T20I matches and taken two wickets.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (Wicket-keeper and right hand batsman)
Another very experienced player in the Pakistan squad is former skipper and wicketkeeper Sarfaraz Ahmed. Interestingly, he was not initially in the 15-man squad, but was included owing to his performance in the National Twenty20 tournament. Sarfaraz was the first Pakistan captain since Imran Khan to win a 50-over ICC title. He was at the helm when Pakistan defeated India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. The 34-year-old Sarfaraz has a good record in T20Is, scoring 812 runs in 60 matches at an average of 28.

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Shaheen Shah Afridi (Left arm fast bowler)
Shaheen Shah Afridi is the most talked about Pakistan pace bowler these days. The 21-year-old left-arm quick, who made his international debut in 2018, across all three formats, poses a big challenge to the batters, using his height and pace to great advantage. He also possesses a lethal yorker. Afridi has played 30 T20I matches so far and taken 32 wickets. Overall he has already represented Pakistan in 77 international matches. For many pundits, Shaheen vs the Indian top order will be a key contest to watch out for when India play Pakistan.

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Shoaib Malik (All-rounder – Right hand batsman and off spinner)
The 39-year-old Shoaib Malik is one of the most experienced Pakistan cricketers. When the selectors made changes to the Pakistan squad, they decided to bring in Shoaib to replace the injured top order batsman Sohaib Maqsood. Shoiab is the second highest run-getter for Pakistan behind Hafeez in T20Is overall, with 2335 runs in 116 matches. Malik captained Pakistan in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 and was a member of the side that won the tournament in 2009. Overall, Shoiab, who made his international debut in 1999, in an ODI vs the West Indies in Sharjah has played 438 international matches, across all three formats, scoring 11,767 runs and taking 218 wickets.

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