Asia Cup 2022: Mohammad Hasnain Named As Shaheen Shah Afridi's Replacement In The Pakistan Squad

Updated - 22 Aug 2022, 03:49 PM

Mohammad Hasnain
Mohammad Hasnain (Credits: Twitter)

The 22-year-old right-arm pacer Mohammad Hasnain has been named as the replacement for the premier Pakistan National Cricket Team pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022, confirmed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday, August 22.

Mohammad Hasnain, who was recently banned for his illegal bowling action, has so far played 8 ODIs and 18 T20Is for the Men In Green. He has picked up 12 ODI wickets and 17 T20I wickets.

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Pakistan National Cricket Team are set to lock horns with arch-rivals India National Cricket Team in their tournament opener on August 28 at the Dubai International Stadium.

Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi. Image: Twitter

Notably, on Saturday, August 20, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released a statement in which it was asserted that the star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi’s right knee ligament injury, which he sustained while fielding during the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, has ruled him out of the Asia Cup as well as the home series against England.

It was further stated that the young pacer has been advised 4-6 weeks of rest by the Pakistan Cricket Board Medical Advisory Committee and he is expected to return to competitive cricket in October.

Mohammad Hasnain will join the side from the United Kingdom – PCB

Mohammad Hasnain
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Hasnain, who has played franchise T20 league cricket for the teams like Oval Invincibles, Quetta Gladiators, Trinbago Knight Riders and Sydney Thunder, is currently in the United Kingdom, playing for the Oval Invincibles in The Hundred competition and he will soon join the Men In Green in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“Mohammad Hasnain will replace Shaheen Shah Afridi in the Pakistan squad for the ACC T20 Asia Cup,” the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said in an official media release on Monday.

“Hasnain will join the side from the United Kingdom, where he is representing Oval Invincibles in The Hundred competition,” PCB further wrote.

Meanwhile, the Asia Cup 2022, which is the 15th edition of the tournament, is scheduled to be played from August 27 to September 11. The entire tournament is set to be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The tournament was originally set to be played in Sri Lanka but was shifted to United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the economic and political crisis in the country.

Mohammad Hasnain for Sydney Thunder. Photo- BBL
Mohammad Hasnain for Sydney Thunder. Photo- BBL

Pakistan squad for Asia Cup: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir.

Also Read: Asia Cup 2022: Afridi’s Absence Is A “Huge Blow To Pakistan’s Chances” – Aakash Chopra

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