Wahab Riaz, Pakistan’s newly appointed Chief Selector by PCB, announced the squad for the upcoming tour of Australia on Monday.
Shan Masood will lead the Pakistan team during the series, which begins on December 14 with the first Test in Perth.
PCB Announced 18-Member Test Squad
Shan Masood (c), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafiq, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Nauman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel and Sarfaraz Ahmed.
“The squad has been assembled keeping in mind the challenging Australian conditions. PCB management has kept the pitches in mind and added more pace bowling resources to the team to ensure that the management can be flexible with the team combinations in all three Test matches,” Wahab Riaz said.
Furthermore, he added, “Saim Ayub has been added to the squad after the extraordinary domestic season he has had this year.
He has impressed with the bat during the Quaid-e-Azam trophy and Pakistan Cup, pushing the case for his selection. His inclusion will strengthen our solid batting line-up.”
Moreover, he said, “Pakistan has started off the ICC World Test Championship 2023-25 really well, after their success in Sri Lanka earlier this year.
We hope that the team can carry this momentum ahead in Australia as well. We have tried to ensure that the team has all relevant resources to find success in Australia.”
However, the squad will meet in Rawalpindi on November 22 for a training camp in preparation for the tour.
Moreover, the camp will be held at the Pindi Cricket Stadium until November 28.
However, the team will depart from Lahore on November 30.
Moreover, a few more players have been invited to participate in the training camp.
Arshad Iqbal, Kashif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usama Mir, and Usman Qadir have been invited to the camp.
Schedule of Pakistan’s Test tour of Australia
First Test: December 14-18, Perth Stadium
Second Test: December 26-30, MCG
Third Test: January 3-7, SCG
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