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T20 World Cup 2021: After Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik makes a surprise entry into Pakistan squad

Hours after the inclusion of former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed into this month’s T20 World Cup, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have announced veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik will be replacing Shoaib Maqsood, who is ruled-out of the tournament due to an injury. The global mega event is scheduled to take place in the UAE and Oman, starting October 17

The PCB said in a statement that the batter has been ruled out due to a lower-back injury. The statement further said, “Sohaib had undergone MRI scans for the lower back on Thursday after picking up the injury during a domestic match missed the October 7 match against Central Punjab in the National T20 Cup.”

Interestingly, Malik, who was left-out of the squad, was not in his best form. However, he stormed back into the form in the same match (National T20 Cup) – which Maqsood missed due to his injury – and played crucial knock for Central Punjab.

Pakistan chief selector Mohammmad Wasim said, he is hopeful that Malik’s vast experience will bring balance in the squad for the T20 World Cup. Wasim said, Shoiab (Maqsood) is devastated to miss out on the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, as he had worked hard for his spot in the team and was in sparkling form. “We feel for him, but injuries are part and parcel of the sport. I am sure after undergoing rehabilitation, he’ll fully recover to be available for future assignments,” he added.

Earlier PCB on Friday, made three changes into their World Cup squad and brought in former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, batsman Fakhar Zaman and Haider Ali to their final 15-member squad for the ICC T20 World Cup. The players replaced were Azam Khan and Mohammad Hasnain, while Khushdil Shah has been kept in for the reserves.

The final Pakistan T20 World Cup: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik.

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