Pakistan will unveil its Twenty20 World Cup party as well as squads for the home series against New Zealand and England on Monday with no major changes forthcoming.
Mohammad Hafeez is all but certain to make the cut despite enduring a lean year with the bat. The former captain will already be nearly a week past his 41st birthday by the time the mega event starts in Oman and the United Arab Emirates in mid-October.
But given the history of pragmatic approach adopted by the national selectors over the years in most cases, Mohammad Wasim would be the last person to take bold decisions at this point in time. As usual, the chief selector will bank, more or less, on relatively the same faces who have had been picked in all series from the time he took up the job late last year when Misbah-ul-Haq quit to concentrate on his role as the head coach.
While the usual suspects — Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan — are the among the first names to make the 15-man squad as per the ICC rules, the selectors can pick a couple of players to travel for the World Cup, in view of bio-secure requirements, with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) solely responsible of meeting expenses for the excess baggage.