Pakistan's head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq announced the 20-man probables for the training camp at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, ahead of the series against Sri Lanka. The list has some unexpected additions and omissions.
Veteran all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez are the notable absentees from the squad. The duo was part of Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 squad but both of them failed to produce any significant performance.
Explaining their omission, the PCB mentioned in a press release, "Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have not been named in the probables as they have been granted NOC until 12 October to participate in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL)."