Sohaib Maqsood has been replaced by Shoaib Malik in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup squad as Maqsood picked up a back injury. Maqsood failed the MRI test as the scans revealed a lower back issue. Veteran Shoaib Malik has played in 116 T20Is making 31.13 while claiming 28 wickets as well. Shoaib may not feature in the regular eleven but he has been a stellar contributor throughout his international career.
Sohaib is devastated to miss out on the ICC Men's T20 World Cup as he had worked hard for this event and was in sparkling form. We feel for him but injuries are part and parcel of the sport. I am sure after undergoing rehabilitation, he'll fully recover to be available for future assignments. In his place and following discussions with the team management, we have decided to include Shoaib Malik in the side. I am sure Shoaib's experience will be handy for the entire squad.
Mohammad Wasim, chief selector of Pakistan cricket team