Fit again Shaheen Shah Afridi has also been named to the squad.
Masood, who captained Derbyshire in England’s Vitality Blast and did remarkably well in the red and white ball formats, replaces Zaman who is out with a knee injury.
Fakhar, despite being ruled out for the World Cup and the home series against England, was made a traveling reserve for the World Cup.
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Head coach Muhammad Wasim announced the World Cup squad in addition to 18 players for the T20’s seven-game home series against England in Karachi and Lahore at the PCB headquarters in Lahore on Thursday.
Although the selectors avoided any experience in the World Cup squad, they named two uncapped players, the versatile Aamir Jamal and the mysterious spinner Abrar Ahmed in the home squad, in addition to including a batsman. reserve at the counter to Muhammad Haris.
Wasim said that despite concerns over mid and lower order hitting failures in the Asian Cup, they decided to stick with the same group of players who had been playing in the T20 setup since the Asian Cup. world last year in the United Arab Emirates.
“We trusted the same group of players who often won us games in this format and we also believe that these players brought us several positive wins,” said the former Test batsman.
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Conceding that Pakistan’s stick was a problem in the Asian Cup, he said the team’s strength remained the first pair of captains. Babar Azam and goalkeeper Muhammad Rizwan.
The good news for Pakistan has been the return of great left-arm playmaker and central attacking bowler Afridi who has not played cricket since mid-July due to a knee injury.
Shaheen, who is undergoing treatment in London, is expected to return to net bowling in early October and will join the squad in Australia.
Pakistan, apart from playing all seven matches against England, will also travel to New Zealand for a tri-series with the hosts and Bangladesh before flying to Australia.
The head coach also said Shan Masood was included in the squad due to his form in both red and white ball formats, including PSL this year.
“Shan beat in the current T20 National Championship in the middle order and did well for Balochistan so we thought it was a good time to call him up.”
Shan has already played 25 Tests and 5 ODIs and last appeared for Pakistan in a Test match in New Zealand at the end of 2020 after which he was ruled out by selectors.
On the squad for the home series against England, Wasim said they will try different combinations with the future in mind as well.
Pakistan squad for the World Cup: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad RizwanMohammad Wasim Junior, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood and Usman Qadir.
Traveling Reserves: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Haris and Shahnawaz Dahani.
Pakistan squad for home series against England: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Aamir Jamal, Abrar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan Mohammad Wasim Junior, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood and Usman Qadir.