Babar Azam unhappy with squad announced for T20 WC
Pakistani skipper Babar Azam is reportedly not happy with the squad announced for the upcoming series with New Zealand and England, and ICC T20 World Cup, sources said.
The sources further said that the board did not consult Babar during the selection process.
Babar is not happy with the inclusion of Azam Khan and Shoaib Maqsood in the squad.
The sources sai that the chief selector Muhammad Wasim added Azam and Maqsood after consulting with Ramiz Raja – currently in line to be the next chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Skipper wanted Fakhar Zaman and Faheem Ashraf in place of Azam and Maqsood.
According to sources, Babar tried to get in touch with Ramiz, but he was not answered.
The board sent a message to the skipper to focus on his own performance rather than worrying about which players to be included and which not.
Earlier, Misbah ul Haq (head coach) and Waqar Younis (bowling coach) stepped down from their positions due to the rising conflict with the board on team selection.
Misbah was also not in favor of the inclusion of Azam Khan in the squad. He reportedly had an argument over the team selection with the PCB CEO Wasim Khan.
The 15-man squad for T20 WC
- Babar Azam (c)
- Shadab Khan (vc)
- Asif Ali
- Azam Khan (wk)
- Haris Rauf
- Hasan Ali
- Imad Wasim
- Khushdil Shah
- Mohammad Hafeez
- Mohammad Hasnain
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
- Mohammad Wasim Jnr
- Shaheen Shah Afridi
- Sohaib Maqsood
- Fakhar Zaman
- Shahnawaz Dahani
- Usman Qadir
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