Naseem and Agha set to make their ODI debuts in the Netherlands

ISLAMABAD: Young guard Naseem Shah and versatile Agha Salman are all set to make their international debuts in one day in the next three-game series against Holland from August 16.

Naseem and Agha have already made their test debuts.

“In all likelihood, Naseem will spearhead Pakistan’s attack in the ODI series against Holland. Agha Salman will also make his ODI cricket debut,” a team source told ‘The News’.

“Although Agha will not be part of the T20 team that will compete in the T20 Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates, Naseem should again be in the spotlight in the shorter version of the game where he will make his debut,” added the source.

Captain Babar Azam, during his media address on Thursday ahead of the team’s departure for the Netherlands, praised the youngsters. “We have quality young bowlers with all the ability and experience required to replace Hasan Ali. Naseem, (Shahnawaz) Dahani, (Muhammad) Waseem and (Muhammad) Haris are all ready to leave their mark,” Babar said.

Naseem’s role in the team has become all the more important as Shaheen Shah Afridi struggles to get back to one hundred percent fitness. Shaheen will accompany the team to Holland but he is unlikely to play in the series as management want him to reach full fitness before the Asian Cup where India will be awaiting the Greenshirts on August 28 in Dubai .

“We really want Shaheen to be fully fit and ready for the Asian Cup and later for the World Cup to be held in Australia in October. Shaheen will be there with the team but will only play if he gets clearance from the specialist working on his fitness,” Babar said.

The captain said every player is ready to make the most of the opportunity. “As for the series against Holland, I am sure that the youngsters are ready to face the weather and the opposition in the best possible way. However, our main objective is the Asian Cup for which we have prepared quality finishers like Kushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz and Iftikhar (Ahmed) They gave depth to the batting order for T20 cricket,” Babar said.

Pakistan Team for Dutch ODIs – Babar Azam (Captain) (Central Punjab), Shadab Khan (Vice-Captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani and Zahid Mehmood.

Pakistani squad for ACC T20 Asia Cup – Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan (Vice-Captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani and Usman Qadir

Player support staff: Mansoor Rana (manager), Saqlain Mushtaq (head coach), Shahid Aslam (assistant head coach), Mohammad Yousuf (batting coach), Shaun Tait (bowling coach), Drikus Simmon (Strength and Conditioning Coach/Coach), Cliffe Deacon (Physical Therapist), Abdul Majeed (Field Coach), Ibrahim Badees (Media and Digital Manager), Lt Col (Retired) Asif Mahmood (Team Security Manager ), Talha Ejaz (team analyst), Malang Ali (team masseur) and Dr Najeebullah Soomro (team doctor). Colonel Muhammad Imran will replace Lt. Col. Asif Mahmood as the team security officer for the ACC T20I Asian Cup.

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