Pakistan Cricket Board, on Thursday (September 1), named uncapped fast bowler Amad Butt in a 13-man squad to face England in the one-off Twenty20 International at Old Trafford. The 21-year-old Sialkot-born pacer merited an inclusion in the side after a string of promising performances (six wickets in three games) for the Lahore Whites in the National T20 Cup.
The squad, skippered by first-time captain Sarfraz Ahmed, also sees a recall for left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir following his productive return in the Caribbean Premier League – 20 wickets from 12 games at 14.85 – while Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad continue to be left-out on disciplinary grounds.
Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) selection committee headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq have retained senior members of the side, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz, despite lukewarm performances in the 50-over side. The 30-year-old hard-hitting batsman Khalid Latif, who earned himself a call-up to the World T20 squad earlier this year following sprightly displays at the inaugural Pakistan Super League, retained his place in the squad.
The squad features as many as four spin-bowling all-rounders despite the absence of Mohammad Hafeez, who is nursing a calf injury. The five-prong pace bowling department will see Mohammad Amir joined by Riaz, Tanvir, Butt and Mohammad Irfan.
The lone T20I will be played in Manchester on September 7, following the completion of the ongoing One-Day International series.
Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c&wk), Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Amad Butt.