Team Pakistan makes a blunder as they call out a playing XI, keeping the vice-captain out of the lineup which is hardly seen in the recent cricket matches until the deputy is injured or walks in midway of a match.
Babar Azam, the captain of Pakistan, previously said he was unsure whether Shan Masood, would join the team for the beginning of the One-Day International series against New Zealand on Monday.
“We can’t talk about any individual at the moment, whether he’s vice-captain or X, Y, Z,” Babar said on Sunday. “We will try to field our best playing XI and try to win the series.”
Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Haris Sohail, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
Masood, a 33-year-old left-handed batter and the only wicketkeeper in the 16-man squad for the three ODIs, was named vice-captain in place of Mohammad Rizwan.
Masood hasn’t participated in an ODI since 2019, when he competed in five matches in the United Arab Emirates against Australia. He ran for 111 runs, averaging 22.20.
PCB made Shan Masood as Vice Captain of ODI but he is not part of playing 11.
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