PAK vs NZ: Netizens unhappy over exclusion of Mohammad Haris from T20I squad

The 23-year-old has played nine games for Pakistan in the shorter format

By Web Desk
April 09, 2024
Mohammad Haris. - ICC

Emerging wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Haris couldn't find a place in Pakistan's 17-member T20I squad for the five-match series, starting from April 18.

The 23-year-old was also not included in the five non-travelling reserves named for the series. 

Netizens have expressed their unhappiness over Haris' exclusion while reminding his performances in the last T20 World Cup where he was a breakout star for the Men in Green.

Haris was not part of the squad in away series against New Zealand and then Chief Selector Wahab Riaz said that he had been rested for the series, however, no reasoning has been given behind his exclusion from the squad.

Remember, Pakistan squad was announced on Tuesday by the national selection committee in Lahore.

Pacer Mohammad Amir and all-rounder Imad Wasim, who recently reversed their retirement, have made a comeback in the squad for the series, which begins on April 18.

Meanwhile, Irfan Khan and Usman Khan have got the nod of selectors after impressive performances in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season nine.

The squad will be led by star batter Babar Azam.

Pakistan squad for New Zealand series

Babar Azam (c), Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Irfan Khan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan, Zaman Khan, Usama Mir

Non-travelling reserves: Haseebullah, Mohammad Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Sahibzada Farhan, Salman Ali Agha

The two teams will play three T20Is at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on 18, 20 and 21 April. Following that, both sides will move to Lahore, where they will play the remaining two T20Is of the series on 25 and 27 April, respectively.