Shafiq holds Pakistan’s document of that includes in 72 consecutive Test matches, however, chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq stated the 28-year-old middle-order batsman was dropped due to a dip in batting kind.
The veteran of 77 Test matches scored solely 67 runs in 5 innings towards England in August, resulting in his ouster from the Test crew. Total, he has scored 4,660 Test runs with 12 centuries and 27 half-centuries at a mean of 38.19.
Pakistan shall be carrying a giant pool of 35 gamers to New Zealand. Gamers may also compete towards the New Zealand A crew.
“Asad Shafiq has been overlooked attributable to lack of kind,” Misbah stated in an announcement. “Asad is a skilled batsman and I’m certain he’ll utilise this time to work tougher on his recreation within the home first-class matches.
“Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir will not be a part of the white-ball matches as for this tour we have now opted to take a position, develop and deal with the promising and rising gamers who’re more likely to be out there to Pakistan for all codecs.”
The Pakistan crew will go away to New Zealand on Nov. 23 for the three Twenty20s and two Test matches. The Test matches at Mount Maunganui (Dec. 26-30) and Christchurch (Jan. 3-7) are a part of ICC World Test Championship.
Babar Azam will lead Pakistan in each codec. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan was named Azam’s deputy in Test matches whereas all-rounder Shadab Khan would be the vice-captain in Twenty20s.
“The matches in New Zealand are vital for us as we intention to enhance our T20I rankings and likewise acquire useful factors within the ICC World Test Championship,” Misbah stated.
Pakistan is at No. Four within the Twenty20 rankings and No. 5 within the World Test Championship with 166 factors. India leads the desk with 360 factors, adopted by Australia (296), England (292) and New Zealand (180)
Whereas the selectors have stored religion in veteran Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez for the Twenty20s, they’ve additionally included a number of uncapped gamers – middle-order batsmen Danish Aziz and Imran Butt, quick bowler Amad Butt and wicket-keeper batsman Rohail Nazir.
The crew, which additionally consists of 20 participant assist personnel, will spend the necessary 14-day quarantine interval in Lincoln earlier than enjoying any intra-squad matches.
The Twenty20 sequence begins in Auckland on Nov. 18. Hamilton (Nov. 20) and Napier (Nov. 22) will host the remaining two matches.
Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Zeeshan Malik, Azhar Ali, Danish Aziz, Fawad Alam, Haider Ali, Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Butt, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Rohail Nazir, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Yasir Shah, Zafar Gohar, Amad Butt, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Musa, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz.