Selectors shortlist 22 players for England tour


LAHORE: Selection committee has shortlisted 22 probable players for the all important England tour, the names are expected to be revealed in the next couple of days.

Players’ fitness have been kept in view by selectors while picking out players for the tough England assignment.

As per sources, the 20-year old Sami Aslam, Shan Masood and the in-form batsman from Karachi, Khurram Manzoor are selected as openers.

The experienced duo of Younis Khan and Misbah Ul Haq alongwith the pace bowlers Imran Khan and Rahat Ali will only feature Pakistan cricket team in the longest format of the game.

Whereas, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Junaid Khan and the ODI skipper Azhar Ali are selected for both the test and ODI series.

The newly appointed T20 captain, Sarfraz Ahmed and the frontline pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will represent Pakistan in all three formats of the game in England.

Shoaib Malik is only named in the ODI squad, while, Anwar Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed Khalid Latif and the explosive left-handed batsman, Sharjeel Khan is likely to play in 50-overs as well as 20-overs contests.

Although, Khalid, Khurram and Sharjeel’s names are in the probable players, but, they are advised by selectors to work hard on their fitness.

Mohammad Hafeez and Yasir Shah’s name have not been finalized due to their fitness issues, but, reports suggest that if they get fit in time, they will be a part of all three teams.

Pakistan is scheduled to play their first game against England on July 14th. Currently, 31 cricketers are attending a fitness camp in Kakul under army supervision.

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