Pakistan Cricket team have made five changes from the Test side going into the five-match one-day international series starting from January 19 (Saturday) against South Africa at Port Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Pakistan stares a whitewash as they trail the three-match Test series with one match still to go.
Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Usman Shinwari and Imad Wasim have replaced Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Abbas, and Yasir Shah respectively. In addition to, there are three changes from the 15-man ODI side, which drew with New Zealand in the UAE after rain played the spoilsport in the final ODI.
Chairman of Pakistan’s cricket selectors Inzamam-ul-Haq revealed the factors taken into consideration before selecting the team. He also admitted that it was a unanimous decision by all the parties, who are a part to it.
“The selected team is a unanimous choice of the selection panel, including Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur. While selecting the squad, we have tried to maintain consistency, taking into consideration player performances in white-ball cricket as well as looking ahead to the upcoming ODI challenges, including the World Cup,” Inzamam said.
Inzamam-u-Haq admitted that they are trying to manage his workload commenting on the non-selection of Mohammad Abbas.
“He is very much in our scheme of things, but we have to manage his workload intelligently and smartly. He has just made a return following an injury, and we would like to give him sufficient rest before considering him for future assignments,” he added.
However, Pakistan is yet to announce the three-match T20I series.
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari