Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recalled leg spinner Yasir Shah in the 18 member squad for the two match #PAKvsSL Test series i.e. scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka from July 16 to July 28, 2022.
#PAKvsSL: Yasir Shah Makes A Comeback In The 18 Member squad
PCB allowed Yasir Shah another international comeback during Pakistan’s upcoming tour to Sri Lanka. The seasoned spinner was out of favor owing to poor form and injury since long. The squad comprises of the following players.
Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah
Mohd. Wasim Explains The Process Behind Squad Selection
Explaining the process behind squad selection chief selector, Mohd. Wasim said, “We have selected this squad considering the conditions in Sri Lanka and have equipped the team with the best possible resources. Our spin department is boosted with the return of Yasir Shah, who proved himself as a match-winner in Sri Lanka on our last tour and Sajid Khan has made the way for him. The spin department also includes two spin all-rounders in Mohammad Nawaz and Salman Ali Agha and left-arm orthodox Nauman Ali. Salman Ali Agha has shown consistent performances with the bat in the past three seasons and he is a handy off-spin option.
“Our team has recently put strong performances in Bangladesh and although results against Australia were not ideal we displayed solid cricket and for that reason we have retained the core to ensure consistency and continuity and have trimmed the squad size following the relaxation in Covid-19-induced travel restrictions.