Shoaib Malik to return home for personal reasons
LAHORE (92 News) – All-rounder Shoaib Malik is returning home for personal reasons and is likely to rejoin the team in England after ten-days leave.
This was announced by the Pakistan cricket team management today. Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik has been given leave so that the batsman can return home to deal with a personal issue.
Malik is expected to rejoin the team in 10 days’ time, informed PCB. The former cricket captain is currently in England with the Pakistan squad where they are slated to play a one-off T20I and a five-match ODI series against the hosts before heading into the World Cup.
“The PCB will not be making any further comments and fully expects all concerned to respect Shoaib’s privacy,” the statement added.
The batsman has already informed that the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 is going to be his last World Cup. “This will be my last World Cup and I want Pakistan to win it. I believe there is a fantastic combination of young and senior players in this squad,” Malik said earlier.
Meanwhile, Pakistan will play two warm-up World Cup games against Afghanistan on May 24 and Bangladesh on May 26, before taking on the West Indies in their first World Cup match in Nottingham on May 31.
PCB announces 15-member team for ICC World Cup 2019
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Selector Inzimamul Haq has announced the 15-member team for the International Cricket Council World Cup 2019.
All-rounder Muhammad Hafeez’s availability in the squad is subjected to his fitness, said the chief selector. Meanwhile, Abid Ali has been chosen as a third opener in the squad.
Aamir dropped, Junaid Khan picked
Fast bowler Muhammad Aamir has been dropped from the World Cup squad. Junaid Khan, Muhammad Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hassan Ali are expected to lead the Pakistani pace attack.
“Aamir is an experienced bowler but unfortunately, his performance has not been as per par from last one year. I pray that he gets his rhythm back as seen in Champions Trophy final,” Inzimam said.
Aamir and Asif Ali will accompany the team for the upcoming bilateral series against England, the chief selector announced. The selector admitted that ‘a little favour’ was given to Imad Wasim as despite failing the fitness test he was selected for the World Cup squad.
All World Cup-bound players will take part in further training sessions and attend open media sessions at the Gaddafi Stadium on April 20 and 21. Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur will hold their joint departure press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium on April 22.
The team is scheduled to depart for England on Tuesday, April 23.
Pakistan will play their first World Cup match against West Indies at Trent Bridge on May 31, after playing warmup matches against Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Pakistan squad for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019:
Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper, captain)
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Additional players for England T20I and ODIs:
The following is the Pakistan cricket team’s schedule of England:
Series v England
27 April – v Kent (50-over practice match) (d)
29 April – v Northamptonshire (50-over match) (d)
1 May – v Leicestershire (T20 match) (d/n)
5 May – v England (only T20I), Cardiff (d)
8 May – 1st ODI v England, The Oval (d/n)
11 May – 2nd ODI v England, Hampshire (d)
14 May – 3rd ODI v England, Bristol (d/n)
17 May – 4th ODI v England, Trent Bridge (d/n)
19 May – 5th ODI v England, Leeds (d)
ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 schedule
24 May – v Afghanistan (warm-up), Bristol (d)
26 May – v Bangladesh (warm-up), Cardiff (d)
31 May – v Windies, Trent Bridge (d)
3 June – v England, Trent Bridge (d)
7 June – v Sri Lanka, Bristol (d)
12 June – v Australia, Taunton (d)
16 June – v India, Old Trafford (d)
23 June – v South Africa, Lord’s (d)
26 June – v New Zealand, Edgbaston (d)
29 June – v Afghanistan, Headingley (d)
5 July – v Bangladesh, Lord’s (d/n)