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Cricket-Naseem replaces Hasan in Pakistan’s Asia Cup squad in 2022

Cricket-Naseem replaces Hasan: LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan has dropped pacer Hasan Ali from their T20I squad for the Asia Cup starting Aug. 27 in Dubai and replaced him with young fast bowler Naseem Shah.

Naseem has played 13 Tests but the 19-year-old fast bowler is yet to play a limited-overs international for Pakistan. He has also been preferred for the three-match ODI series in the Netherlands ahead of the Asia Cup.

“Hasan has been given a break from international cricket and has been replaced by Naseem Shah,” chief selector Mohammad Wasim said after announcing the squads on Wednesday.

“He (Naseem) is fast and can give more impetus to the fast bowling department, which already boasts of Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi, and Shahnawaz Durman.

“Naseem has not played any international white-ball cricket, but has shown with the red ball that he is an attacking option with good pace and controlled swing.”

The Pakistan Cricket Board said fast bowler Afridi, who suffered a knee injury in Sri Lanka last month, has been included in both teams but the medical staff will determine when he can return to action.

Babar Azam’s side will begin their Asia Cup campaign against arch-rivals India in a Sunday blockbuster in Dubai on August 28.

Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Muhammad Wasim June, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Shahnawaz Durmani and Usman Qadir

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