The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) finds itself in a quandary as it grapples with the task of finalizing the national squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. Remarkably, Pakistan stands as the sole team among the 20 participating nations yet to unveil its squad.

The PCB’s decision-makers have set their sights on announcing the 15-member squad after the first T20I encounter against England on May 22. Notably International Cricket Council’s (ICC) deadline for announcing the squad is May 25.

However, the burning question remains: Who will secure a coveted spot in the final roster for the marquee event?

Notably, players like Haris Rauf, Usman Khan, and Salman Ali Agha warmed the bench during Pakistan’s recent series against Ireland. Meanwhile, Hasan Ali, brought in as Rauf’s backup, had a fleeting appearance in the series, featuring in just one match.

Source: Cricinfo

Sources suggest that Rauf’s selection hinges on his ability to demonstrate full fitness in the coming days, while Usman, Salman, and Hasan are anticipated to be included in the squad as travelling reserves.

Meanwhile, some reports also suggest that under-performing young opening batter Saim Ayub may lose his place in favor of Usman. But the management is adamant on carrying Saim, citing his potential and experience in Carribean Premier League (CPL).

Pakistan finds itself placed in Group A of the World Cup, alongside arch-rivals India, along with Ireland, Canada, and the USA.

The national team is slated to kick off its T20 World Cup campaign against the USA on June 6 in Dallas, followed by the highly anticipated clash against India on June 9 in New York.

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