T20 World Cup 2022 – Fakhar Zaman replaces injured Usman Qadir in Pakistan’s World Cup squad

T20 World Cup 2022 - Fakhar Zaman replaces injured Usman Qadir in Pakistan's World Cup squad
Fakhar Zaman, who had earlier been named in the reserves’ list, has been moved into Pakistan’s squad of 15 for the T20 World Cup after recovering from a knee injury. Usman Qadir, meanwhile, is now one of three travelling reserves – alongside Mohammad Haris and Shahnawaz Dahani – after failing to recover from a hairline fracture on his right thumb.
Qadir suffered the injury while taking Alex Hales’ catch during the fourth T20I against England in Karachi on September 25, and a PCB statement said that he would not be available for selection till October 22, after which Pakistan can bring him back into their main squad as an injury replacement.

Qadir’s original selection had raised eyebrows as the legspinner had played just one match in the Asia Cup and had limited match-time prior to it. In the three T20Is against England, before he got injured, he had figures of 2 for 36, 0 for 41 and 2 for 48.

His injury means Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz are now the only frontline spinners in Pakistan’s squad of 15, with Iftikhar Ahmed able to chip in with his offspin, if required. Shaheen, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim and Mohammad Hasnain are the fast-bowling options.

Fakhar and Shaheen Shah Afridi had both been undergoing treatment and rehabilitation for knee injuries, and as reported by ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday, will link up with the World Cup squad in Brisbane on Saturday. They will both be available for Pakistan’s official warm-up games, against England on October 17 and against Afghanistan on October 19.

Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan (vice-capt), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood
Travelling reserves: Mohammad Haris, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir

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