Haider Ali, one of the star players at the 2020 U-19 World Cup, received an inaugural national call when Pakistan announced a 29-man squad for the upcoming England tour.
Pakistan and host England will play three tests in August, followed by a three-game T20I series. All matches will be held behind closed doors as part of unprecedented steps to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has formulated extensive plans to keep Pakistani players in a bio-secure environment, probably in Birmingham initially, from the moment they land in the country.
Fast pitcher Mohammad Amir and hitter Haris Sohail previously retired from the tour. Amir, who dropped out of the Cricket Test last year and was only eligible for the T20Is, dropped out so he could be present for the birth of their second child in August. It is understood that Sohail retired due to personal reasons.
Pakistan’s 29-man squad for the England tour:
Opners: Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood
Middle-order batsmen: Azhar Ali (Test Captain), Babar Azam (Vice Test Captain and T20I Captain), Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed
Fast bowlers: Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz
Spinners: Imad Wasim, Kashif Bhatti, Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah