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Pakistan left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir is back in the Twenty20 squad for the upcoming three-match series against South Africa.
Amir had been left out for the Twenty20 series against New Zealand after his dismal performance in the Asia Cup.
However, having taken 12 wickets at an average of 23.58 in the three-Test series against the Proteas, he has been recalled to the Twenty20 squad.
With Amir being included, Waqas Maqsood has been dropped. Other than that, Pakistan have retained the same squad from their series against New Zealand.
“Once again, the selectors have gone ahead with the policy of maintaining consistency and retaining a winning combination,” chief selector Inzamam ul Haq was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“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.”
The first Twenty20 International between South Africa and Pakistan gets underway on February 1 in Cape Town.
Pakistan’s T20 Squad: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf