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Wahab Riaz announces Pakistan Test squad for Australia series

 Shan Masood to lead crew; Haris Rauf quits "finally minute"; Saim Ayub procures lady call

Monday, November 20, 2023

Shan Masood to lead crew for first time.
Haris Rauf pulls out "finally minute".
Saim Ayub, Khurram Shahzad acquire lady calls.

Boss selector Wahab Riaz Monday reported a 18-part Pakistan Test crew for the visit to Australia containing three matches planned from December 14, 2023, to January 7, 2024.

This will be Wahab's most memorable task since he assumed responsibility for the public men's choice panel last week, while a similar applies to Shan Masood — who was picked as skipper after Babar Azam surrendered.

Masood has been named Pakistan's chief for the ICC World Test Title 2023-25 cycle in the wake of assuming control over the reins from Babar following an embarrassing World Cup crusade.

 Haris Rauf 'pulls out'

Riaz, in his lady question and answer session as boss selector, said pacer Haris Rauf had guaranteed the cricket board that he would play Test cricket for the public side, yet yesterday, he informed the administration that he would rather not be essential for this series.

"It is vital to illuminate you about this since individuals ought to have clearness about what's goining on," Riaz told columnists, featuring that Rauf had worries about whether he would have wellness issues on the off chance that he participated in the visit.

"We have had a go at working with him inside and out. Regardless of whether he bombed in this visit, I was prepared to acknowledge it. Our wellness expert let us know that he [Rauf] wouldn't have any issues pushing ahead."

"We might have dealt with the issues [...] yet he pulled out without a second to spare. I accept this will be a hampered to Pakistan," the main selector made sense of.

Lady calls

Left-gave opening player Saim Ayub has acquired his lady hit up to the Test group after an amazing disagreement the Quaid-e-Azam Prize 2023-24.

The 22-year-old scored 553 runs in four counterparts for Karachi Whites and had three centuries to his name, including a game dominating twofold 100 years against Faisalabad in the last of the competition. He proceeded with his structure in the Pakistan Cup (one-day competition), where he was named the best hitter of the competition, finishing as the opposition's most elevated run-getter.

Right-arm quick bowler Khurram Shahzad has likewise been granted his lady Test hit up, on the rear of an effective homegrown season so far.

The 23-year-old was the most noteworthy wicket-taker of Quaid-e-Azam Prize 2023-24 with 36 wickets in eight matches at a normal of 20.31 and gotten 13 wickets at 16.62 in the as of late finished up Pakistan Cup.


Pace bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, who last showed up in Tests for Pakistan during Britain's visit through Pakistan in late 2022 has gotten back to the crew.

Left-arm pacer Mir Hamza, who enlisted 32 wickets at 20.88 in Quaid-e-Azam Prize 2023-24, and right-arm pacer Mohammad Wasim Jnr are making a re-visitation of the crew too.

The two quick bowlers were important for Pakistan's crew during New Zealand's visit through Pakistan that occurred from December 2022 to January 2023.

Making progress in Australia

Boss selector Wahab Riaz, thinking about the crew chose for the Australia visit, said: "The crew has been gathered remembering the difficult Australian circumstances.

We have remembered the pitches and added more speed bowling assets to the group to guarantee that the administration can be adaptable with the group mixes in each of the three Test matches."

"Saim Ayub has been added to the crew after the exceptional homegrown season he has had for this present year. He has dazzled with the bat during the Quaid-e-Azam prize and Pakistan Cup, pushing the case for his choice. His incorporation will reinforce our strong batting line-up.

"Pakistan has gotten going the ICC World Test Title 2023-25 all around well, after their outcome in Sri Lanka recently. We trust that the group can convey this energy ahead in Australia also. We have attempted to guarantee that the group has generally important assets to make progress in Australia."


The crew will gather in Rawalpindi on November 22 for an instructional course in front of the visit.

The camp is planned to run from November 23 to 28 at Pindi Cricket Arena. The group will fly out on November 30 from Lahore.

A few extra players have likewise been welcome to highlight in the instructional course. The players required the camp are Arshad Iqbal, Kashif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usama Mir, and Usman Qadir.


Shan Masood (chief), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi

Pakistan visit through Australia

First Test: December 14-18, Perth Arena

Second Test: December 26-30, MCG

Third Test: January 3-7, SCG

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