Lahore: Chief selector Wahab Riaz has announced Pakistan’s 18-member test team under the leadership of Shan Masood for the tour of Australia.
The Pakistan cricket team will play a three-match series between December 14 and January 7. The first Test will be played in Perth from December 14 to 18, the second in Melbourne from December 26 to 30 and the third in Sydney from January 3 to 7.
The 34-year-old left-handed batsman Shaun Masood will lead Pakistan’s Test team for the first time. He has been entrusted with the leadership for the 2023-25 World Test Championship in place of Babar Azam who stepped down from the Test captaincy last week.
Left-handed opening batsman Saeem Ayub and fast bowler Khurram Shahzad have been included in Pakistan’s Test team for the first time.
22-year-old Saim Ayub scored 553 runs with the help of three centuries in four matches of this season’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, in which the match-winning double century in the final against Faisalabad was noteworthy.
Continuing his excellent form, he also scored the highest 397 runs in the Pakistan Cup tournament and was declared the best batsman of the tournament.
The 23-year-old right-arm fast bowler Khurram Shehzad from Faisalabad has taken the highest 36 wickets at an average of 20.31 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy this year. why
Pace all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, who last played a Test match in England’s tour of Pakistan, has returned to the team.
Similarly, Mohammad Wasim Jr. and Mirhamza have also returned to the Test team. Both were part of the team for the home series against New Zealand that was played in December, January.
Pakistan’s 18-member team consists of these players.
Shan Masood (Captain), Amir Jamal, Abdullah Shafiq, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imamul Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mirhamza, Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Wasim Jr., Nouman Ali, Saeem Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Chief selector Wahab Riaz says that the team has been selected keeping in mind the challenging conditions of Australia. Keeping in mind the pitches there, the fast bowlers have been placed more to make it easier to form combinations in the three Test matches.
He said that Saeem Ayub has been included in the team for his excellent performance in domestic cricket. He has shown impressive performance in both the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Pakistan Cup. His inclusion will strengthen the team’s batting.
He said that Pakistan started the ICC World Test Championship with a win in Sri Lanka this year and hoped to maintain the momentum in Australia as well. We have tried to include in the selection all the necessary resources to help you succeed in Australia.
The Pakistan squad will assemble in Rawalpindi on November 22 for the training camp. The camp will continue from November 23 to 28 at Pindi Stadium. The team will depart from Lahore on November 30.
Pakistan Cricket Board has also invited some additional players for the training camp including Arshad Iqbal, Kashif