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Pakistan chief selector Mohammad Wasim said Kamran Ghulam, Aamer Yamin and Amad Butt were unlucky to miss out for the tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.
In the National T20 Cup, Amad took 13 wickets in 10 matches for Balochistan at an average of 24.15, while Yamin claimed 10 wickets in 10 games for Southern Punjab at an average of 30.
Ghulam was in scorching hot form in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where he created history for scoring the most runs in a single edition of the tournament.
The 25-year-old accumulated 1,249 runs in 11 matches for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which includes five centuries and five fifties, at an average of 62.45.
He even made scores of 76 and 108 in the final, which ended as a tie.
Yamin, 30, made 245 runs in six games for Southern Punjab, which included a top score of 93, at an average of 24.50 and picked up 18 wickets at an average of 23.83.
As for Amad, 25, he snapped up eight wickets in two matches for Balochistan at an average of 16.62.
Ghulam had a decent campaign in the Pakistan Cup as he accumulated 152 runs in four games, which included a top score of 81, at an average of 38.
Amad, meanwhile, finished with five wickets in four matches at an average of 24.
In the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Yamin took one wicket in three games for the Karachi Kings at an average of 52.
As for Amad, he got one wicket in two matches for the Peshawar Zalmi at an average of 88.
“Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt and Kamran Ghulam are unlucky to miss out on selection. Aamer and Amad have paved the way for Mohammad Hafeez and Shadab Khan in the T20I squad, while Kamran has narrowly missed out to Salman Ali Agha and Saud Shakeel in the Test side,” Wasim was quoted as saying in a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) press release.
Pakistan will play three ODIs and four T20 Internationals against South Africa before heading to Zimbabwe for two Tests and three T20 Internationals.
Pakistan will depart for South Africa on March 26 and the tour will commence on April 2 and conclude on April 16. The ODI series will be played first.
The men in green will then head to Zimbabwe on April 17, but the dates for the matches have yet to be confirmed.
However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) noted that the national team will travel back to Lahore from Bulawayo on May 12.
Pakistan’s Test Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Tabish Khan, Hasan Ali, Shahnawaz Dhani, Nauman Ali, Zahid Mahmood, Sajid Khan.
Pakistan’s ODI Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali.
Pakistan’s T20 Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal.