Sohaib Maqsood has been ruled out of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 owing to a lower back ailment and has been replaced by Shoaib Malik, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
Maqsood got MRI tests for his lower back on Thursday after suffering an injury in the encounter against Northern on October 6 and missing the match against Central Punjab on October 7.
“Sohaib is disappointed to miss out on the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup since he had worked hard for this event and was in brilliant form,” said Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim in a statement.
“We sympathize with him, but injuries are unavoidable in sports.” “I am confident that following rehabilitation, he will fully recover and be ready for future tasks,” he continued. “We have decided to insert Shoaib Malik in the side in his place, following consultations with the team management.” Shoaib’s experience will undoubtedly benefit the entire team.”
Shoaib Malik led Pakistan to victory in the first tournament in 2007 and was a member of the winning team in 2009. After missing the 2010 West Indies tournament, he competed in 2012, 2014, and 2016 editions. On October 15, the Pakistani team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will leave for Dubai. On October 18 and 20, they will play two warm-up matches against the West Indies and South Africa, respectively, before facing India in a Group-2 encounter at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 24.
Pakistan’s final squad:
Final T20 World Cup squad
Babar Azam (captain, Central Punjab)
- Shadab Khan (vice-captain, Northern)
- Asif Ali (Northern)
- Fakhar Zaman (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
- Haider Ali (Northern)
- Haris Rauf (Northern)
- Hasan Ali (Central Punjab)
- Imad Wasim (Northern)
- Mohammad Hafeez (Central Punjab)
- Mohammad Nawaz (Northern)
- Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
- Mohammad Wasim Jnr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
- Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper, Sindh)
- Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
- Shoaib Malik (Central Punjab)
Traveling reserves: Khushdil Shah (Southern Punjab), Shahnawaz Dahani (Sindh), and Usman Qadir (Central Punjab)
Player support personnel: Mansoor Rana (manager), Saqlain Mushtaq (interim head coach), Shahid Aslam (assistant head coach), Matthew Hayden (batting consultant), Vernon Philander (bowling consultant), Cliffe Deacon (physiotherapist), Drikus Saaiman (strength and conditioning coach), Abdul Majeed (fielding coach), Talha Ejaz (team analyst), Col (retd) Muhammad Imran (Security Manager), Ibrahim Badees (media and digital manager), Dr. Najeeb Soomro (team doctor) and Malang Ali