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Pakistan to name squad for England series, World Cup 2019 today

LAHORE: Pakistan will announce the team for the series against England and Cricket World Cup 2019 today amid all the controversies surrounding the appointment of PCB MD Wasim Khan that was challenged by the Governing Board members on Wednesday.

Sources said the selection committee has finalised 17 players from which 15-member squad will be selected.

Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan are in a tough competition for the WC slot.

Squad from: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Imamul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hassan Ali, Shadam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheed Shah Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez and Mohammad Hasnain.

The team is scheduled to leave for England on April 23 for a 83-day long hectic tour during which it will play one T20 practice match, a Twenty20 International, four 50-over warm-up matches and five ODIs before participating in the 46-day ICC World Cup from May 30.

Pakistan will take West Indies in their World Cup opener on May 31 at Trent Bridge.

As per the ICC regulations, all participating sides have to submit their 15-player World Cup squads by April 30 but can make changes until May 22 without needing the ICC’s approval. Post May 23, all player replacements will have to be approved by the Event Technical Committee.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.