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Pakistan name 35-man squad for New Zealand tour; Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Amir left out
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Pakistan name 35-man squad for New Zealand tour; Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Amir left out

Pakistan have announced an extended 35-man squad for the upcoming New Zealand tour comprising of three T20Is and two Test matches.

The players will both be available for selection for the first-choice Pakistan national team and the Shaheens [A team] squad.

Pakistan have notably dropped 77-Test veteran Asad Shafiq from the line-up, marking the first instance in the 34-year-old's decade-long career that he has been ignored for a Test call-up.

Shafiq was woefully out of form in Pakistan's previous Test assignment in England earlier this summer as he managed a paltry sum of 67 runs across five innings at a pitiable average of 13.40.

Additionally, Pakistan have avoided recalling the senior duo of Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik in the team after they were also not a part of their recent white-ball series against Zimbabwe at home.

In a new-look squad for Pakistan, chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has inducted as many as five uncapped players in the side - Danish Aziz, Imran Butt, Rohail Nazir, Amad Butt and Zeeshan Malik.

Pakistan squad

Babar Azam (captain), Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Zeeshan Malik, Azhar Ali, Danish Aziz, Haider Ali (Shaheens vice-captain), Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Butt, Khushdil Shah, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Rizwan (Test vice-captain & wk), Rohail Nazir (Shaheens captain & wk), Shadab Khan (T20I vice-captain), Imad Wasim, Usman Qadir, Yasir Shah, Zafar Gohar, Amad Butt, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Musa, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz