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Pakistan spin-bowling all-rounder and limited overs vice-captain Shadab Khan said the spin trio of Usman Qadir, Zahid Mahmood and Mohammad Nawaz are all doing well.
Having so many spinners in the team creates “healthy competition”, which is “good for the side”, Shadab admitted.
He added that whichever of them keeps performing, they will cement their place in the team going forward.
“There is always pressure on you in cricket and it’s healthy competition, and it’s good for the side. Usman, Zahid and Nawaz are all doing well and to be honest, whoever performs well will stay in the side,” Shadab was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
Shadab has been included in the ODI and T20 squads for the tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The spinner missed Pakistan’s home series against South Africa with a thigh injury, but made his comeback in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he captained Islamabad United.
In the four games he played, the 22-year-old scored 32 runs at an average of eight and a strike-rate of 110.34.
He also took two wickets at an average of 56.50 and an economy rate of 8.69.
Qadir is also in the ODI and T20 teams, while Zahid only features in the Test squad.
As for Nawaz, he is part of the Test, ODI and T20 squads.
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.