In the latest turn of events, veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik has replaced batsman Sohaib Maqsood in Pakistan’s 15-member squad for the upcoming marquee event in the UAE this month.
Sohaib Maqsood has been ruled out of the showpiece tournament after suffering a lower back injury in a domestic match earlier this year.
Chief selector Muhammad Wasim said:
“Sohaib is devastated to miss out on the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup as he had worked hard for this event and was in sparkling form.
“We feel for him but injuries are part and parcel of the sport. I am sure after undergoing rehabilitation, he’ll fully recover to be available for future assignments.
“I am sure Shoaib’s experience will be handy for the entire squad.”
Shoaib Malik led Pakistan in the inaugural event in 2007 and was a part of the side that won the tournament in 2009. After missing the West Indies event in 2010, he featured in 2012, 2014 and 2016 tournaments.
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