Pakistan Unveil 17-Member Squad for T20I Series Against NZ

Pakistan Unveil 17-Member Squad for T20I Series Against NZ

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has unveiled an electrifying lineup for the forthcoming five-T20I series against New Zealand (NZ). Among the exciting new additions are the talented middle-order batsman Muhammad Irfan Khan and the dynamic opener Usman Khan.

Both players have earned their spots through stellar performances in the HBL Pakistan Super League, showcasing their talent and potential.

Muhammad Irfan Khan’s Rise:

Hailing from Karachi Kings, Muhammad Irfan Khan’s standout performance in the HBL PSL 9 earned him accolades as the Emerging Player and Best Fielder.

With an impressive strike-rate of 140.16, he scored 171 runs, marking his prowess on the field. Irfan, a 21-year-old talent from Mianwali, has already represented Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cups, demonstrating his caliber as a rising star in the cricketing world.

Usman Khan’s Explosive Batting:

Usman Khan from Multan Sultans has set the stage on fire with his explosive batting. With two centuries and two half-centuries in the recent league, he showcased his ability to deliver under pressure.

Notably, his record-breaking 36-ball century in HBL PSL 8 against Quetta Gladiators remains etched in cricketing history. With a strike-rate of 146.12 in 36 T20 matches, Usman Khan promises thrilling performances in the upcoming series.

Player Reactions:

Both Irfan and Usman express their gratitude and excitement for their selection. They emphasize their dedication and pledge to deliver stellar performances for the team, showcasing their readiness to seize the opportunity and make their mark on the international stage.

Selectors’ Confidence:

The selection committee, represented by batting coach Mohammad Yousuf, extends warm congratulations to the newly selected players. Recognizing their consistent performances, the committee expresses optimism in their potential to become pivotal players for Pakistan. The emphasis is on continued dedication and effort to prove themselves in the international arena.

Experienced Additions:

In addition to the newcomers, experienced campaigners Imad Wasim and Mohammad Amir make a comeback to the squad. Their availability adds depth and experience to the team, particularly in light of Haris Rauf’s injury and Mohammad Nawaz’s recent form. Both Imad and Amir bring match-winning capabilities, aligning with the team’s objectives for the upcoming series.


The squad for T20I series against New Zealand, comprises a talented ensemble of players. Led by Babar Azam, the team includes Abrar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Muhammad Irfan Khan, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usama Mir, Usman Khan, and Zaman Khan. With a blend of experience and emerging talent, Pakistan aims to put forth a formidable challenge against New Zealand in the upcoming series.

With a blend of fresh talent and experienced campaigners, Pakistan’s cricket team gears up for an exhilarating clash against New Zealand. As they prepare for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, every player aims to make their contribution count, solidifying their position in the squad.