Pakistan has dropped leg-spinner Usman Qadir and hard-hitting batters Asif Ali and Haider Ali for next month’s limited-overs international series against the West Indies.

Uncapped 20-year-old wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Haris and allrounder Asif Afridi were named in Pakistan’s limited-overs squad to face Australia this month.

Haris impressed the selectors in the Pakistan Super League when he scored 166 runs for Peshawar Zalmi in five innings at an impressive strike rate of 186.5. He also made 289 runs in eight innings during last year’s 50-over Pakistan Cup while representing winner Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The 35-year-old Afridi, a left-arm spinner, represented PSL winner Multan Sultans and took eight wickets in five games at an economy rate of 6.52.

Most of the white-ball players who represented Pakistan in the home series against West Indies were retained.

The selectors named first-choice left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz, provided he clears rhe fitness test. Nawaz missed the later part of the PSL due to a foot injury and the three-match test series against Australia.

“The selection of Haris and Afridi is a message to all domestic players that their performances are being followed, and whenever an opportunity arises they will be rewarded with a national call-up,” chief selector Mohammad Wasim said in a statement.

Fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain didn’t make the cut after his bowling action was found to be illegal during Australia’s Big Bash League.

The 20-member squad was named for the three one-day internationals which begin from March 29, while Abdullah Shafique, Saud Shakeel and Imam-ul-Haq were excluded from the only Twenty20 on April 5.


Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Abdullah Shafique, Asif Afridi, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir.

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