Lahore, Jan 7: Pakistan on Wednesday announced their 15-men squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup starting next month in Australia and New Zealand. Misbah-ul-Haq will captain the side which will begin its campaign against arch-rivals India in a Pool B clash in Adelaide on February 15. [See full WC 2015 schedule]
Thirty-year-old fast bowler Sohail Khan, who played his last one-day international in Zimbabwe in 2011, was picked besides batsman Shoaib Maqsood and pacers Junaid Khan and Ehsan Adil. The last three players were not part of the squad that toured New Zealand last month because of injuries but have now recovered. [India's 15-men squad announced]
Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Nasir Jamshed, Sohail Tanvir and Zulfiqar Babar, who played in New Zealand were overlooked for the quadrennial tournament. [Bangladesh announce WC squad]
Umar Gul and Bilawal Bhatti who were withdrawn from the New Zealand series because of injury were not picked in the World Cup squad.
PAKISTAN SQUAD FOR 2015 WC:
Misbah ul Haq (c), Squad Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Younis Khan, Harris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Ehsan Adil, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz
PAKISTAN ITINERARY FOR 2015 WC:
vs India (Feb 15), vs West Indies (Feb 21), vs Zimbabwe (Mar 1), vs UAE (vs Mar 4), vs South Africa (Mar 7), vs Ireland (Mar 15)