Asia Cup: Shaheen Afridi gets maiden ODI call up for Pakistan, Hafeez, Yasir axed

first_imgYoung pace sensation Shaheen Afridi and opening batsman Shan Masood have earned their maiden ODI call-up as Pakistan named a 16-man squad for the upcoming Asia Cup, starting in September 15 at UAE.Experienced cricketers Mohammad Hafeez and Yasir Shah were surprisingly left our of the squad for the six-nation tournament.The 18-year-old fast bowler Shaheen Afridi has been included in the squad while opening batsman Shan Masood has also received a call-up for the six-nation tournament.Afridi, 18, impressed in the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier in the year and followed it up with a brilliant Pakistan Super League for the Lahore Qalandars. He earned his maiden T20 call-up following that and made his debut against the West Indies on April 3, 2018. He went wicketless but left an impression with his 0/27 from four overs.Since then, he has played two more matches and picked up four wickets with a best of 3/37 against Australia at Harare in July.Masood on the other hand, has represented Pakistan before in 12 Test matches. He made his debut against Australia at Abu Dhabi in 2013 and played his last Test against Sri Lanka at Dubai in October last year.He has scored 565 runs at an average of 23.54 with a career-best of 125 in red-ball cricket for Pakistan.On the other hand, Hafeez’s exclusion will come as a big blow to him personally, especially, after being dropped to ‘Grade B’ in Pakistan’s central contracts.Hafeez was extremely disappointed with the snub and even went onto say that he will be considering retirement.advertisementHafeez, 37, has been one of PCB’s top category contract earners for quite a while but PCB but was replaced by Babar Azam in the top category.The decision came after Hafeez refused to play the fifth ODI of the series against Zimbabwe after he was not included in the team for the first four matches of the series.Pakistan begin their Asia Cup campaign with a league game against the winner of the ongoing Asia Cup Qualifier on September 16.Full squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (C & WK), Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Imam ul Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali Junaid Khan, Usman Shinwari and Shaheen Afridilast_img

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