Veteran batsman Shoaib Malik has been included in Pakistan’s Twenty20 World Cup squad, replacing top-class batsman Sohaib Maqsood, who was ruled out due to a back problem, selectmen said on Saturday. The 39-year-old player has been in abundance at the ongoing National Twenty20 tournament in Pakistan, having scored 225 in seven games and there were calls from fans for his content. After retiring from test cricket in 2015 and one-day international matches two years ago, Malik had announced that he would end his career after the Twenty20 World Cup, if selected. On Friday, Pakistan made three changes to their 15-man squad at the World Cup announced last month but had included Maqsood in the squad subject to testing his fitness.
But chief selector Mohammad Wasim said doctors had ruled out Maqsood.
“Sohaib is very saddened to miss out on the T20 World Cup on the advice of doctors and following discussions with the team’s managers, we have decided to include Malik in the side,” Wasim is quoted as saying in a statement by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Malik captained Pakistan in the first T20 World Cup in 2007 and was a member of the team that won the tournament in 2009.
The last of his 116 Twenty20 internationals played against England in September last year.
Pakistan’s squad will leave for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 15 October.
The World Cup kicks off in Oman and the UAE from October 17. Pakistan will open their campaign with a high-voltage match against the Indian archives on October 24 in Dubai.
Updated squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik
Travel funds: Khushdil Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, and Usman Qadir.
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