Asia Cup 2018: Everything you need to know about the Pakistan squad

Pakistan are currently placed fifth in the ICC ODI rankings. (AP Photo)

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By: Sports Desk | New Delhi |

Published: September 15, 2018 11:02:44 am

Pakistan are currently placed fifth in the ICC ODI rankings. (AP Photo)

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Currently placed at the fifth in the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan are all set to take part in the Asia Cup tournament in UAE. In their bid to lift their third Asia Cup title, Pakistan are expected to face stiff competition from the defending champions India, apart from four other Asian rivals – Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, and Bangladesh. The men in green will start their campaign against debutant Hong Kong on September 16 and will take on arch-rivals India on September 19.

The Pakistan squad that features in the tournament is blended with both fresh faces and experienced campaigners. Here is a look at Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad

Pakistan’s squad for Asia Cup: Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Afridi

Sarfraz Ahmed

Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan will take on Scotland in two T20Is. (Source: File)

The skipper Sarfraz Ahmed leads Pakistan in all the three formats of the game. The wicketkeeper-batsman led the side to their maiden ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. Pakistan, under his captaincy, rose to the top position in ICC T20 Team Rankings. Since his debut against India in 2007, he has played 90 ODIs. in which he has scored 1,748 runs at an average of 34.27. The 31-year old has scored 2 tons and 8 half centuries in his ODI career.

Fakhar Zaman

Fakhar Zaman has played in 18 ODIs with a batting average of 76.47. (Source: Twitter)

The 28-year-old Fakhar Zaman officially announced himself after he became the first Pakistan batsman to score an ODI double hundred (210 vs Zimbabwe) earlier this year. With a career strike-rate of 101.91, Zaman is known for his hard-hitting style. He also helped Pakistan clinch its first ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2017 with a match-winning ton against India. He has played 18 ODIs and has a career average of 76.47.

Imam-Ul-Haq

Imam-ul-Haq scored a century in his ODI debut against Sri Lanka. (Source: Twitter)

The nephew of former Pakistan skipper Inzamam Ul-Haq, Imam-Ul-Haq has played 9 ODIs. The 22-year-old scored a century in his ODI debut against Sri Lanka, making him the second Pakistani batsman to achieve this feat. Imam with Zaman also etched another landmark when the duo stitched a 304-run-partnership for the opening wicket in the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe in July. The left-handed batsman has amassed 544 runs in the 50-over format at an average of 68.

Babar Azam

Babar Azam scored 1973 runs with an average of 54.81. (AP Photo)

Babar Azam is an experienced candidate and has featured in 46 ODIs for Pakistan. The 23-year old has scored 1,973 runs at an average of 54.81. The right-handed batsman has 8 ODI centuries and 7 fifties to his name. The middle-order batsman has also played 13 Tests and 20 T20Is for Pakistan.

Asif Ali

Asif Ali made his debut against Zimbabwe in July this year. In 5 ODIs, The 26-year-old has scored 114 runs with one fifty to his name. The right-handed batsman has also played 10 T20Is for Pakistan in which he has scored 158 runs at an average of 39 and a solid strike rate of 159.59.

Hasan Ali

Hasan Ali will play a major role in Pakistan’s Asia Cup campaign in UAE. (Source: File)

Hasan Ali has played 33 ODIs for Pakistan. The seamer, who picked up 3 wickets for 19 runs, in the ICC Champions Trophy final against India, has taken 68 wickets in his 50-overs career. The 24-year-old also finished as Pakistan’s leading wicket-taker in the Champions Trophy with 13 wickets in 5 matches.

Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir made an international comeback in January 2016 when Pakistan traveled to New Zealand. (File)

Mohammad Amir has been impressive for Pakistan since his return to cricket in 2015 after serving the five-year ban handed to him by the ICC for spot-fixing charges. In 43 ODIs, the left-arm seamer has taken 58 wickets at an average of 29.75.

Junaid Khan

Junaid Khan made his debut against West Indies in 2011 has played 69 matches for Pakistan in ODI format. (Source: AP)

Junaid Khan is another experienced candidate in the limited overs cricket, with 69 ODIs to his name. But with the presence of Amir and Ali in the bowling attack, the left-arm seamer may have to fight for his spot in the playing XI. The 24-year-old, who made his debut against West Indies in 2011, has 100 wickets under his name at an average of 28.21.

Usman Khan

Usman Khan made his debut last year against Sri Lanka. He was later recalled for the ODI series against Zimbabwe this year. In 6 ODIs, the left-arm seamer has taken 15 wickets at an average of 11.40. He could be one of the hidden wildcards in Pakistan’s arsenal in the tournament.

Shaheen Afridi

Pakistan 17-year-old fast bowler Shaheen Afridi (third from right) ran through Ireland with 6 for 15 in the U-19 World Cup tie. (Source: ICC)

Shaheen Afridi may emerge as one of the rising stars in this edition of the Asia Cup. In the U-19 World Cup held in January 2018, Afridi grabbed the limelight by taking 12 wickets in 5 matches. His ability to swing the ball at a brisk pace can prove to be a challenge for the opponents. He is yet to make his ODI debut but has played 3 T20Is in which he has taken 4 wickets.

Shan Masood

Shan Masood has also been included in Pakistan’s squad for the Asia Cup. The 28-year-old has played 12 Tests for Pakistan as an opening batsman, and with Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul-Haq and Haris Sohail in the squad, it is unlikely Masood will get a chance to Read More…

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