Pakistan squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2024: Babar will captain a team full of pace | ICC Men’s T20 World Cup News

Pakistan have named five bowlers in their 15-man squad for the tournament in the United States and West Indies.

Babar Azam will continue to lead Pakistan in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 as the South Asian team named its high-pace squad for the tournament.

Babar, who resigned as captain after the 50-over Cricket World Cup in November, was reinstated earlier this year and will lead the 2009 champions into the tournament in the United States and the West Indies next month.

Pakistan also retained fast bowler Haris Rauf when they announced their 15-man squad on Friday, despite doubts over his fitness and lack of match practice.

The 30-year-old injured his shoulder during the Pakistan Super League in February and is expected to play in the second Twenty20 international in Birmingham on Saturday, his first outing since his recovery.

The Pakistan Cricket Board’s selection committee said Rauf is fit and raring to go.

“Rauf is in top form and bowls well in the nets,” a PCB statement said.

“It would have been nice if he had had an exit in the first game at Headingley, but we remain confident he will continue to maintain an upward trajectory in the coming games.”

The Headingley match between Pakistan and England was suspended due to rain.

Pakistan are the 20th and final team to announce the squad as they continue to search for combinations since the 2-2 draw at home against New Zealand last month.

The tournament will take place from June 1 to 29.

The teams are divided into four groups of five and the top two teams qualify for the Super Eight stage in which all matches will be played in the West Indies.

Pakistan’s Group A includes arch-rival India, as well as Canada and Ireland.

Pakistan will face the United States in their first match in Dallas on June 6.

Fast bowler Hasan Ali as well as batsmen Agha Salman and Muhammad Irfan Khan were left out of the team.

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir, the sole survivor of Pakistan’s 2009 Twenty20 World Cup triumph, is making a comeback after coming out of retirement two months ago.

He is part of a strong attack led by Shaheen Shah Afridi, Rauf, Naseem Shah and Abbas Afridi.

Pakistan lost in the semi-final of the 2021 World Twenty20 in the United Arab Emirates and in the final in Australia in 2022.

Pakistan Team: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Saim Ayub, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Azam Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Abbas Afridi, Haris Rauf, Abrar Ahmed.

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