Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz omitted from Pakistan World Cup probables | Daily News

Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz omitted from Pakistan World Cup probables

Pakistan's national selection committee have invited 23 players to complete a fitness test ahead of the announcement of their squad for this summer's Men's Cricket World Cup.

The 23 ‘probables’ will undertake the tests at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore across the 15-16 April, with the squad then announced on 18 April. There are some notable names included and excluded from the list.

Several players who made their ODI debuts against Australia in Pakistan's most recent ODI engagement have found favour, including Mohammad Abbas, who has excelled in Test cricket in recent times, Shan Masood, who reached a maiden ODI half-century in the final match of the Australia series, and Mohammad Hasnain, who Shane Watson described as the fast teen he'd ever batted against after facing him in the Pakistan Super League.

However, Saad Ali, who scored 11 runs across his first two ODIs, has been left out, as has Umar Akmal, who passed 30 three times against Australia without going onto a half-century. Still only 28 years old, he is an ODI veteran, with over 3000 runs and 121 caps to his name, and demonstrated his form with scores of 136 not out and 99 in his most recent two innings in the Pakistan Cup.

Also left out was Wahab Riaz, who hasn't played an ODI since 2017 but starred for Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup 2015.

Pakistan Probables: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah.


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