Mohammad Hafeez returns to Pakistan T20 squad for Zimbabwe tri-series, no rest for Mohammad Amir

Waseem Ahmed 22/06/2018
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Pakistan on Friday announced their squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, with veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez returning to the T20 squad.

The 37-year-old Hafeez last played a T20 for world No1 Pakistan in October and and is now back in the squad after his bowling action was cleared last month. Hafeez’s action was reported, for the third time in his career, during the ODI against Sri Lanka in the UAE last October.

Meanwhile, Pakistan decided to include overworked pacer Mohammad Amir in both the T20 and ODI squads.

Amir had talked about managing his schedule leading up to the World Cup next year and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur had talked about monitoring the pacer’s workload. “I am going to sit with Mohammad Amir and Inzamam-ul-Haq soon and we are going to map out a future for him. After our discussions, Inzamam will present the plan to the selection panel and then to the player,” the coach had said.

Also, there was no place in the ODI side for veteran top-order batsman Azhar Ali, whose last outing in 50-over cricket was a duck against New Zealand in January when Sarfraz Ahmed’s team were bowled out for 74.

Pakistan will play Zimbabwe and Australia in a T20 tri-series that begins in the African nation on July 1. The men in green will then play a five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe starting on July 13.

Twenty20 squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan

ODI squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam (subject to fitness), Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail

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Pakistan's complete fixture list under ICC's new Future Tours Programme

Waseem Ahmed 22/06/2018
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Pakistan will play a total of 164 international matches across all formats.

Pakistan will be the fourth busiest team under ICC’s new Future Tours Programme (FTP) which was released on Wednesday by world cricket’s governing body.

Sarfraz Ahmed and his men will play a total of 164 international matches across all formats in the five-year period from 2018-23.

The one-time World Cup champions and current Champions Trophy holders will play 40 Tests, 61 ODIs and 63 T20Is in the five-year period. Once again, matches between Pakistan and their arch-rivals India will be restricted to multi-team ICC tournaments with no bilateral series earmarked between the two sides until 2023.

PAKISTAN FTP SCHEDULE 2018-23

2018

July: Away T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe (Also involving Australia)

July: Away series in Zimbabwe (Five ODIs)

September: Asia Cup

October-November: Home series against New Zealand (Three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is)

December 2018-February 2019: Away series in South Africa (Three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is)

2019

March: Home series against Australia (Five ODIs)

May: Away series in England (Five ODIs and one T20I)

June-July: 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England

October: Home series against Sri Lanka (Two Tests)

October-November: Away series in Australia (Two Tests and three T20Is)

December: Home series against Sri Lanka (Three ODIs and three T20Is)

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2020

January-February: Home series against Bangladesh (Two Tests and three T20Is)

July: Home series against the Netherlands (Three ODIs)

July-August: Home series against England (Three Tests)

August: Home series against Ireland (Two T20Is)

August-September: Home series against England (Three T20Is)

September: Asia Cup

October: Away series in South Africa (Three ODIs and three T20Is)

October-November: 2020 ICC World Twenty20

November-December: Home series in Zimbabwe (Three ODIs and three T20Is)

December 2020-January 2021: Away series in New Zealand (Two Tests and three T20Is)

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2021

January-February: Home series against South Africa (Two Tests and three T20Is)

April: Away series in Zimbabwe (Two Tests and three T20Is)

June: World Test Championship Final

July: Away series in England (Three ODIs and three T20Is)

July-August: Away series in the West Indies (Three Tests and three T20Is)

September: Away series against Afghanistan (Three ODIs)

October: Home series against New Zealand (Three ODIs and three T20Is)

October-November: 2021 ICC World Twenty20

November-December: Away series in Bangladesh (Two Tests and three T20Is)

December: Home series against the West Indies (Three ODIs and three T20Is)

2022

February-March: Home series against Australia (Two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is)

July-August: Away series in Sri Lanka (Two Tests and three ODIs)

September: 2022 Asia Cup

October: Home series against England (Five ODIs)

October-November: Home series against New Zealand (Two Tests and three ODIs)

December: Home series against England (Three Tests)

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2023

February-March: 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup

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Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad facing three-month ban for reportedly failing dope test

Waseem Ahmed 21/06/2018
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Shehzad is reportedly the Pakistan player to have failed the dope test.

Pakistan opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad risks facing a three-month ban from international cricket at least after testing positive in a dope test, according to a report by Pakistan media outlet Geo News.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday confirmed that a national team player had violated the anti-doping laws of the ICC but refrained from naming him due to legal issues.

“A player has reportedly tested positive for a prohibited substance. But under ICC rules PCB cannot name the player or chargesheet him until the chemical report is CONFIRMED by the Anti-Dope Agency of the government. We should have an answer in a day or two,” Pakistan cricket’s governing body had stated in an official statement.

According to the report by Geo News, sources have informed that Shehzad is the player who failed the dope test.

The opening batsman now faces the prospect of being handed a three-month ban at the minimum for violating ICC’s anti-doping laws although he reserves the right to give a second sample test.

The 26-year-old has played 13 Tests, 81 ODIs and 57 T20Is for his country in his career so far. He was part of the Pakistan T20I squad which recently beat Scotland 2-0 in the two-match series.

Shehzad had registered scores of 14 and 24 in the two matches.

The opener is not the first Pakistan player to violate the anti-doping laws after leg-spinner Yasir Shah was banned for three-months in 2016 after pleading guilty to the charge. Earlier, the likes of Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif, Abdul Rehman and Reza Hasan have all been guilty of failing dope tests.

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