Pakistan Reveals Test Squad for Australia Series Under Captain Shan Masood”

Pakistan Reveals Test Squad
Pakistan Reveals Test Squad

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Pakistan Reveals Test Squad: Pakistan has unveiled its 18-player squad set to tour Australia for the Test series commencing on 14 December. Shan Masood, the newly appointed captain succeeding Babar Azam, will lead the team.

The squad features debutants Saim Ayub, a left-handed opening batter, and right-arm fast bowler Khurram Shahzad, reflecting their outstanding performances in the domestic circuit, notably Ayub’s 553 runs with three centuries in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2023-24, and Shahzad’s leading 36 wickets in the same tournament.

Faheem Ashraf makes a return to Test cricket after nearly a year, having last played in December 2022. Additionally, pacers Mir Hamza and Mohammad Wasim mark their comebacks. Read this ICC Champions Trophy Returns After 8 Years, Here’s List of Qualified Teams & Host

The complete squad includes Shan Masood (captain), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Wahab Riaz, the newly-appointed Chief Selector, emphasized that the squad is tailored for the challenging Australian conditions, with a focus on incorporating more pace bowling resources to allow flexibility in team combinations throughout the three Test matches.

Riaz expressed confidence in Saim Ayub’s inclusion, citing his exceptional domestic season and batting prowess, which enhances Pakistan’s solid batting lineup. Also read Hungary University Offers Stipendium Scholarship for International students Including Pakistanis

Reflecting on the team’s performance in the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25, Riaz acknowledged Pakistan’s positive start and expressed hope for continued success in Australia. The series represents a significant turning point for Pakistan cricket, featuring numerous changes post the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, including Babar stepping down from captaincy.

Pakistan currently leads the World Test Championship table with 24 points (100% point percentage) following their 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka in July. Australia, the reigning ODI World Cup Champions, holds the third position with a point percentage of 30 after the Ashes series ended in a draw.

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