The National Selection Committee headed by Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Tuesday announced a 15-member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy, a statement issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said.
“The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions and the recent performances of some players in domestic and international tours,’ the statement said.
According to the PCB’s statement, former skipper Azhar Ali has been selected based on his “good track record at English conditions,” whereas Umar Akmal was included in the squad due to his “improved fitness and performance in the on-going Pakistan cup”
Sarfaraz Ahmed has been selected as the captain.
“Young Shadab Khan and Fahim Ashraf are retained in the side to give the team variety in the shape of spin and fast bowling all-rounders, respectively,” PCB added.
The statement quoted Inzamam-ul-Haq as saying that the squad selected “consists of experience and youth”.
It added that selectors are hopeful that the chosen squad will perform well at the upcoming event.
The ICC Championship will be held in England and Wales from June 1 till June 18.The selected squad is as follows: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Fahim Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Shadab Khan.