LAHORE, Pakistan: Pakistan has announced the 18-player squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against England.
The Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim announced the Test squad in a Press Conference in Lahore on Monday.
As part of the ICC World Test Championship, the Test series between Pakistan and England will begin with the first match at Rawalpindi on December 1, 2022 followed by second Test at Multan on December 9-13, and third at Karachi on December 17-21.
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The injured Shaheen Shah Afridi has been left out of Pakistan’s squad while pacer Haris Rauf has been added into the squad.
Similarly, mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed and fast bowler Mohammad Ali have been rewarded for their strong first-class performances with maiden Test call-ups.
The 24- year-old Abrar is in red-hot form in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Before the start of the last round on November 20, he had claimed 43 wickets at an average of 21.95.
Abrar Ahmed has recorded five five-wicket hauls in six matches and has played an integral role in turning his side into serious contenders to secure a berth in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final.
Mohammad Ali has been the best fast bowler in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in the last two editions, taking 56 wickets. His 24 wickets including two five wicket hauls at 25.54 in six matches are the most for any fast bowler this first-class season. His 32 wickets at 22.78 in eight matches in 2021-22 were also the most for a fast bowler.
The following is the 18-member Pakistan’s Test squad for England series;
- Babar Azam (Captain)
- Mohammad Rizwan
- Abdullah Shafique
- Abrar Ahmed
- Azhar Ali
- Faheem Ashraf
- Harif Rauf
- Mohammad Ali
- Mohammad Nawaz
- Mohammad Wasim Junior
- Naseem Shah
- Nauman Ali
- Salman Ali Agha
- Sarfaraz Ahmed
- Saud Shakeel
- Shan Masood
- Zahid Mehmood