PCB likely to rest senior players for Pak-Afghan ODI series
Statesman Report
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is expected to announce the national squad for a three-match ODI series between Pakistan and Afghanistan in a couple of days, Geo News reported after the cricket board of the neighbouring country gave a green signal for the series. Afghanistan will host the series in the first week of September in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. The new national squad for Pakistan may not include some senior players as they have talked to the team management, seeking rest time before the next season, according to sources. The cricket board may be resting them for the ODI series against Afghanistan. The players told the management that they had been constantly living in the bio-secure bubble owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and hence, wanted rest to spend some time with their families. Captain Babar Azam, Hassan Ali, Fahim Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Rizwan are likely to get a go-ahead for rest. Under the new circumstances, ODI captain Shadab Khan may lead the team, sources said. The PCB may announce the national squad in two or three days. The training camp for the ODI squad players will start on August 21 in Lahore.