Pakistan recalled the fast bowler Mohammad Amir in the 15-man squad of the Twenty20 series, which was played against South Africa next month, while the youngest top performers missed the selection.
The 26-year-old left-hander was eliminated from the limited and test teams after a poor appearance last year in the Asian Cup, but was brought back into both teams for the ongoing tour of South Africa.
Pakistan defeated both Australia and New Zealand 3-0 in Twenty20 games in the United Arab Emirates last year. However, Amir did not participate in either series.
Pakistan, which is currently playing a one-day five-game series in South Africa, will play Twenty20 on February 1, Johannesburg on February 3 and Centurion on February 6.
Khurram Manzoor, Rizwan Hussain and Salman Butt, who collected the most runs of the National Twenty20 Cup in Pakistan last month, missed places.
The top wicket takers of the cup, Amad Butt, Umaid Asif and Mohammad Irfan, were also overlooked. Pakistan are number 1 in the Twenty20 internationals and have won nine consecutive games and a world record of 17 T20Is last year.
Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood will return to the team after a one-day series. Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s chief constituent, said the selection focused on this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup and the Twenty20 World Cup, which will take place next year.
“We need to give our aspiring players as much awareness and experience as possible, but without sacrificing on their upcoming tasks,” he said.
Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari