Pakistan’s Australia bound Test and T20 squads were announced by chief selector and head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq today. So, here is a look at a few takeaways following the announcement.
So, Who Has Been Selected?
Pakistan’s Test squad includes Azhar Ali (captain), Imamul Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Abid Ali, Shan, Masood, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Imran Khan (Senior), Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Kashif Bhatti and Yasir Shah .
Those selected in the T20 squad on the other hand include Babar Azam (captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Wahab Riaz, Musa Khan, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Irfan, Shadab Khan and Usman Qadir.
No Place For Shehzad, Akmal, Malik, Hasan, Shinwari And Mohd. Hafeez
Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal have once again been dropped while Hasan Ali couldn’t make it to the squad owing to injury concerns. Shoaib Malik and Mohd. Hafeez have been left out because PCB has decided to proceed with a forward looking approach. Moreover, selectors still couldn’t find a place for Fawad Alam in the Test squad and dropped Usman Shinwari across formats for reasons best known to them.
A Look At The New Faces
Fast bowler Musa Khan has been selected for both T20 and the Test series. Another uncapped cricketer, Naseem Shah has been selected for Test matches only. Abid Ali too has managed to become part of the Test squad for the first time. Uncapped spinners Kashif Bhatti and Usman Qadir have also been given opportunities in the Test and the T20 squads respectively. Another new comer is hard-hitting batsman Khushdil Shah who has been selected for the T20s only.
Who is Making A Comeback?
Shaheen Shah has made a comeback but perhaps while keeping in mind his workload; he has been selected for the Test matches only. Fast bowler Mohd. Irfan has staged a T20 comeback while Imran Khan senior has done the same at the Test level. Mohd. Rizwan as expected has taken over from Sarfraz Ahmed as Pakistan’s first choice wicket-keeper batsman across formats.