Pakistan’s batsman, Ahmed Shahzad, received a call-up for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand, set to kick off next month.
He was notably absent from season nine’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) draft, prompting his exit. Shehzad expressed dissatisfaction, alleging that PSL franchises purposely excluded him from the event.
Chief selector Wahab Riaz unveiled the squad for the five-match series earlier today. This squad will convene for a training camp in Lahore from December 28 to January 3, preparing for their upcoming fixtures. Alongside Shehzad, eight other players, including Mohammad Haris, Arif Yaqoob, Mohammad Imran, Mohammad Amir Khan, Sajjad Ali Jnr, Shahab Khan, Kamran Ghulam, and Omair Bin Yousuf, have been summoned to the camp.
Riaz emphasized the significance of nurturing young talent to ensure their readiness to represent Pakistan in the future. He stressed the need to build back-up options and explore new talent to understand their potential performances.
The squad comprises a mix of experienced players like Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan and promising talents, aiming to establish strong backup choices within the player pool.
The scheduled T20 matches are slated to take place at different venues across New Zealand, starting from January 12 at Eden Park, Auckland, followed by subsequent matches at Seddon Park, University Oval, and Hagley Oval in Hamilton, Dunedin, and Christchurch, respectively.