Pakistan has announced their 14-man squad for the Scotland T20I series. The Men in Green will play two T20I matches against Scotland. Both the matches will be played back to back on June 12 and June 13.
Babar Azam who suffered a blow to his wrist in the first Test match at Lord’s against England is ruled out. The southpaw batsman Harris Sohail has replaced the injured Babar Azam.
Chance for Pakistan to strengthen on T20I Rankings lead.
Furthermore, Hasan Ali is given a rest by the Pakistan think tank. However, there would be some fresh opportunities for rookie players to leave their mark.
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Thus far on their UK tour, Pakistan went on to win the one-off Test match against Ireland. Furthermore, the Sarfraz Ahmed led team had the opportunity to win the Test series on England soil after 22 years. Pakistan had won the first Test match against England at home of cricket, Lord’s.
However, they lost the second Test match at Headingley by an innings and 55 runs. Thus, the two-Test match series ended in a stalemate.
Pakistan is at the numero uno position in the ICC T20I rankings with 130 rating points under their belt. On the other hand, Scotland is at the 11th place in the rankings ladder. Consequently, Pakistan will have a chance to strengthen their top position in the points table.
However, Pakistan will not like to take Scotland lightly especially in an unpredictable form like T20I. Scotland had come up with a decent performance in the World Cup qualifiers. Thus, the hosts would like to give a run for money to Pakistan in their own conditions.
Here is Pakistan squad for two T20I against Scotland:
Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Muhammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Usman Shinwari and Shaheen Afridi.