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Mohammad Amir Returns to Pakistan Squad for T20s Against South Africa

Cricketnext Staff |January 26, 2019, 1:54 PM IST
Mohammad Amir Returns to Pakistan Squad for T20s Against South Africa

Pakistan have replaced Waqas Maqsood with the more experienced Mohammad Amir for the T20 series against South Africa.

Amir’s inclusion is the only change in the team and the rest of the squad is the same as the ones that took on Australia and New Zealand recently. Amir last played the T20 format for his country in the tri-series against Zimbabwe and Australia.

"Once again, the selectors have gone ahead with the policy of maintaining consistency and retaining a winning combination. While our focus is very much on this year's ICC Cricket World Cup, we cannot forget that the ICC T20 World Cup is in Australia in the second half of 2020. So, we need to give as much exposure and experience to our up and coming players as possible, but without compromising on the assignments in hand," Chairman of selectors, Inzamam-ul-Haq, said.

Both Pakistan and South Africa are currently in the middle of a five-match ODI series of which three have been played and the hosts lead 2-1.

Number one ranked Pakistan are unbeaten in their last nine T20Is. They had a successful 2018 in which they won 17 out of 19 matches in the shorter format.

Pakistan’s three-match T2O series against South Africa begins on February 1 in Cape Town.

Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari

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Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
BAN
5 2 2 1 5 -0.27
6
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
7
WI
5 1 3 1 3 +0.27
8
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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