With only a few days remaining before the historic two-Test series against New Zealand, Pakistan has added fast bowler Hasan Ali and untested middle-order batsman Kamran Ghulam to its 16-player team.
On December 26, the series will get underway in Karachi’s National Bank Cricket Arena.
Hasan Ali took over from Mohammad Ali, who, like Faheem Ashraf, was encouraged to compete in the current Pakistan Cup in Karachi. Azhar Ali, who announced his retirement last week, was replaced by Kamran.
Due to his injury acquired while fielding in the Rawalpindi Test, Haris Rauf was not selected for the team. Fast bowler Naseem Shah, who was sidelined for the Multan and Karachi Tests because of a shoulder ache, has now been deemed healthy and has been kept in the team.
Babar Azam is the captain of the test team, which also includes Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Naseem Shah, Noman Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood, and Zahid Mehmood.
First Test at Karachi, December 26–30, will serve as the umpire and match referee for the whole series. Mohammad Javed Malik, Aleem Dar, and Alex Wharf were the on-field officials. The third and fourth umpires were Ahsan Raza and Asif Yaqoob (match referee)
Second Test, Multan, January 3–7. On-field umpires Aleem Dar and Alex Wharf, third-umpire Ahsan Raza, fourth-umpire Rashid Riaz, and David Boon (match referee)
First ODI, Karachi, January 10. On-field officials Aleem Dar and Asif Yaqoob, third umpire Ahsan Raza, fourth umpire Faisal Afridi, and David Boon (match referee)
2nd ODI, January 12, Karachi. On-field officials Aleem Dar and Rashid Riaz, third official Asif Yaqoob, fourth official Faisal Afridi, and actor David Boon (match referee)
Third ODI, January 14, Karachi. On-field officials Aleem Dar and Ahsan Raza, third official Rashid Riaz, fourth official Faisal Afridi, and David Boon (match referee)
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