Pakistan cricket fans are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the national squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024.

Several top teams, including India and Australia, have already announced their line-ups for the much-anticipated tournament, scheduled next month in the United States and the West Indies.

However, amidst the flurry of squad announcements, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has opted to delay the revelation of their squad for the World Cup.

According to sources, concerns over the fitness of certain players have prompted the PCB to exercise caution before finalizing the squad.

Source: PCB

While many players have been diligently training in preparation for the tournament, the selectors remain vigilant, recognizing the importance of assessing match fitness.

“Though majority of unfit players have been training for the past few days you cannot guarantee their match fitness until they play at international level,” one of the selectors said.

The selector also shared that selectors have decided to delay the squad announcement until the third week of May after a thorough evaluation of player fitness during the series against Ireland and England.

“We have seven T20Is ahead of the World Cup. The majority of these matches [against Ireland and England] will be used to ascertain the fitness of some key players.

Source: PCB

“At the same time, it is also important to protect the fitness of those already in the business. So, we have decided to delay naming the final World Cup squad which will now be done in the third week of May.”

Pakistan will announce the squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 after the first T20I against England, scheduled on 22 May.

While the initial deadline for squad submission was May 1, teams retain the flexibility to make changes until May 25, subject to approval from the event’s technical committee.

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