Pakistan include Imad, Hafeez for New Zealand ODIs, Amir ignored again
Mohammad Hafeez returns to Pakistan's one-day outfit. (AFP Image)

Allrounders Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez have found a place in Pakistan’s 15-member squad that will square off against New Zealand in a three-match series starting next week. Hafeez was not part of Pakistan during the five-match series against Zimbabwe or the Asia Cup, whereas Imad is yet to feature in the 50-over format this year. Mohammad Amir continues to be ignored following his unimpressive showing during the Asia Cup.

Hafeez played the Test series against Australia where he returned to the side after two years to score a century in the first innings of the first Test. He followed it up with scores of 39, 40 and 32 as Pakistan hammered Australia 3-0 in the T20I series in the UAE. He scored another 45 in the first T20I against New Zealand that Pakistan won narrowly by two runs.

Imad Wasim was dropped from the Asia Cup on the grounds of fitness but proved effective against Australia and New Zealand picking five wickets in four matches, including Man-of-the-Match performances in the first two games against Australia. Moreover, his left-arm spin gives Pakistan in the spin department in the presence of legspinner Shadab Khan.

From the 16-member squad that was picked up for the Asia Cup, Shan Masood is the only exclusion, whereas Sahibzada Farhan, despite averaging over 50 for in List-A cricket, has not found a place.

Following the remaining two T20Is against New Zealand tonight and Sunday, Pakistan will take on the Blackcaps in the first ODI in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s 15-member ODI squad: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Shinwari