Umar Akmal left out as Pakistan announce 23-man probable squad for 2019 World Cup

Waseem Ahmed 17:25 05/04/2019
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Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named a 23-man probable squad for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England led by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

The 23 players who have been included in the list will attend a two-day training camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore beginning on April 15 where they will all be asked to prove their fitness.

Following the completion of the fitness camp, the final 15-man Pakistan squad for the World Cup will be announced on April 18.

The biggest omissions in the 23-man probable squad are Umar Akmal and Saad Ali who both recently featured in the ODI series against Australia in the UAE where Pakistan were handed a 5-0 drubbing.

While Akmal and Saad Ali have been left out, there is a place for specialist Test seamer Mohammad Abbas, leg-spinner Yasir Shah as well as Shan Masood who scored a half-century in the series against Australia.

There was good news for pacer Mohammad Hasnain as well with the youngster finding a spot in the 23-man squad. 18-year-old Hasnain had impressed for Pakistan Super League (PSL) champions Quetta Gladiators before he was handed his maiden international outing in the series against Australia.

The Men in Green will depart for England for the World Cup on April 23 where they will play a couple of warm-up games against Kent and Leicestershire. Pakistan will then take on hosts England in a five-match ODI series as well as a sole T20I before opening their World Cup campaign on May 31 against West Indies at Trent Bridge.

23-MAN PROBABLE PAKISTAN SQUAD

Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah.

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