South Africa vs Pakistan – T20Is
Legspinner Zahid Mahmood has changed the injured Shadab Khan
With Zaman coming into the T20I line-up, Pakistan have 5 top-order choices to select from. They not too long ago welcomed Sharjeel Khan again into the fold for the primary time in over 4 years who will present competitors to Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Haider Ali for the No. 1, 2 and three positions. “Each the modifications have been permitted by the nationwide choice committee on the request of the workforce administration,” the PCB stated in a press release.
Zaman final performed a T20I in November and has had a tricky time making it into the Pakistan aspect to play the shortest format. He was omitted of the New Zealand tour after growing Covid-19 signs and although subsequent exams cleared him of getting the illness, the outcomes did not come again in time and the workforce had already flown overseas. Zaman did not get a glance in in the course of the dwelling sequence towards South Africa both, however in mild of his current type, issues have modified.
The 193 off 154 balls towards South Africa within the second ODI at Wanderers, the place he virtually single-handedly pulled off a chase of 342 solely to fall brief because of a controversial run-out, had not solely bolstered his place on the ICC rankings however satisfied the Pakistan selectors that his firepower could be helpful for his or her T20I aspect. Zaman adopted that up with one other century – 101 off 104 balls – within the sequence decider.
Pakistan will play 4 T20Is towards South Africa earlier than transferring to Zimbabwe, the place they’re scheduled to play two Take a look at matches and three T20Is.
T20I squad: Babar Azam (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal, Fakhar Zaman, Zahid Mahmood