Asia Cup 2016: Pakistan squad, Preview: Shahid Afridi's young team has plenty to prove

The ICC T20I ranking (7) doesn't do justice to the potential of Shahid Afridi's team.

By Suyash Srivastava | Updated: Feb 22, 2016, 22:06 PM IST
Asia Cup 2016: Pakistan squad, Preview: Shahid Afridi's young team has plenty to prove

New Delhi: The ICC T20I ranking (7) doesn't do justice to the potential of Shahid Afridi's team.

Afridi comparatively has a young team at his disposal with several names missing from the 15-man squad and with four uncapped players.

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Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal are the only experienced campaigners in the team and the onus will be on them to do most of the scoring. Along with Hafeez, Pakistan miss out on a veteran opener at the top and Manzoor's selection raised many eyebrows as he has not played for Pakistan in any format since August 2014.

Pakistan's pace battery is one of the best in the tournament comprising Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammed Amir, who impressed everybody in the PSL.

In the spin department, Pakistan lack a specialist tweaker and have banked upon Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Imad Wasim.

ICC T20I Ranking: 7

Coach: Waqar Younis

15-man squad: Shahid Afridi (Captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Anwar Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal

Players to watch out for: Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz