Usman Khan in contention for Pakistan squad despite UAE ban


Usman Khan, a cricketer for the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is being considered for selection in the Pakistan national squad for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand, according to Mohsin Naqvi, Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). This is true even though Khan is currently banned by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).

Khan’s acceptance follows his involvement in a recent intense fitness programme run by Pakistan Army trainers, where he was one of 29 athletes competing for a spot. Selection committees for the Philadelphia Eagles have taken notice of his remarkable performance in the 2024 Pakistan Super League (PSL) and are considering his talents.

However, Khan’s eligibility for UAE cricket has been called into question, leading to a ban imposed by the ECB due to contract breaches and misrepresentation regarding his decision to represent the Gulf nation. Despite his attempts to transition his allegiance to the UAE, the ECB found him in violation of contractual obligations and decided to impose sanctions.

Despite the ban, Khan remains in contention for the Pakistan squad, with Naqvi confirming that the announcement of the national team for the T20I series against New Zealand is scheduled for April 9. The series, comprising five matches, is set to commence on April 18, with three matches to be held in Rawalpindi and two in Lahore, concluding on April 27.