The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Wednesday, announced a 15-player squad for the upcoming ACC Asia Cup 2022 and the fans are amazed to see some big players missing out, including the veteran Shoaib Malik.
For the last few days, it was speculated that the men in green would opt for the all-rounder, adding experience to the field. But Malik’s exclusion from the squad alongside several anticipated players is a question if it hints at his retirement.
Alongside the experienced cricketer, all-rounder Imad Wasim has not been considered by the PCB. Instead, the board has given chances to the youngsters, including Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Wasim Jnr, Usman Qadir, and Shahnawaz Dahani.
Malik, who started his international career in 1999, has represented Pakistan in 35 Tests, 287 ODIs, and 124 T20Is 1898, 7534, and 2435 runs, respectively, alongside clutching 32, 158, and 28 wickets in the formats.
The veteran player played his last T20I match against Bangladesh in November 2021, whereas faced India in the ODI format back in 2019. He has been planning to play an edition or two of the World Cup before announcing his retirement from international cricket but it seems like the PCB no more favours considering him for future events.
Alongside Malik, Hasan Ali is another notable drop who has been out of form for a long time. Hasan dropping catches is gaining more attention nowadays than the bowler used to be during some of the PSL editions, not settling below a 4-wicket haul per match.
Here is the complete squad for the men in green.
Pakistan squad for Asia Cup 2022
Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir.
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