Fakhar Zaman in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad


ISLAMABAD (AP) — Leading batsman Fakhar Zaman is in Pakistan’s 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board said Friday.

Fakhar will arrive in Brisbane, Australia on Saturday along with Shaheen Afridi as both players have recovered from knee injuries.

Fakhar was originally listed on the traveling reserves, but switched places with Usman Qadir after the player needed more time to recover from a minor fracture in his right thumb.

Qadir was injured during the seven-game Twenty20 series against England last month. He will now be among the Pakistani reserves along with fast pitcher Shahnawaz Dahani and batsman Mohammad Haris.

Fakhar had to skip the series against England after injuring his knee during the Asian Cup final against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates last month. The left-handed batsman will be available for selection for Pakistan’s two warm-up games against England and Afghanistan next week during which his fitness will be assessed.

Pakistan opens its T20 World Cup campaign against rival India on October 23.


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