Pakistan call up three uncapped players for Australia tour | Cricket News – Times of India

Pakistan call up three uncapped players for Australia tour | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Monday announced the inclusion of uncapped players Saim Ayub, Aamir Jamal and Khurrum Shehzad in the squad for the upcoming three-Test series in Australia, set to commence in December.
This decision came after fast bowler Naseem Shah, recovering from a shoulder surgery, was deemed unavailable for the tour.
Shan Masoodwill lead the 18-member squad against Australia, with the newly appointed chief selector Wahab Riaz also bringing back left-arm pacer Mir Hamza for the tour.Notably, nine players from the World Cup squad have been retained for the series.

The Test squad was the only one named on Monday, as Pakistan gears up for three Tests in Australia before heading to New Zealand for a series of five T20 internationals.
Among the newcomers, Ayub, a dynamic opener boasts experience with 8 T20 internationals, while Jamal has featured in four T20 matches. The pace bowler Shehzad receives his maiden call-up to the national team, thanks to his impressive performances in domestic cricket.
Wahab said that Naseem, who was injured during the Asia Cup and later had a shoulder surgery in the UK, would began bowling at 50-60 percent capacity in three weeks time so he was not available for the tour.
Mir Hamza last played a Test against New Zealand in Karachi last January but was then dropped for the Sri Lankan tour.
Former captain, Babar Azam, Muhammad Rizwan, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Imam ul Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Muhammad Wasim junior have been retained from the WC squad.
The selectors have overlooked opener Fakhar Zaman, fast bowler Haris Rauf, leg spinner Usama Mir, allrounders Shadab Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed for the Test tour from the WC squad.
Former captain and keeper, Sarfaraz Ahmed, spinner, Abrar Ahmed, spinner Noman Ali all played in the Test series in Sri Lanka in June-July while allrounder Faheem Ashraf’s last Test appearance was in December 2022 against England.
Wahab added that they had spoken to fast bowler Haris Rauf about the tour and he had initially given his consent to play Tests two days back but last night he called up and made himself unavailable for the tour.
“He has concerns over workload and fitness issues,” he said.
Wahab said the squad had been picked keeping in mind the challenging Australian conditions.
“We have 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,” he said.
“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.
“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.”
The squad will have a training camp in Rawalpindi from November 23 to 28 before they fly out on November 30 from Lahore.
1st Test – Perth, 14-18 December 2023
2nd Test – Melbourne, 26-30 December 2023
3rd Test – Sydney, 3-7 January 2024.
(With PTI Inputs)

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