Pakistan Cricket Board announced squad for the first Test Match against Bangladesh at the home ground
LAHORE: Pakistan chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq held a media conference on Saturday at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore and announced the 16-man squad led by Azhar Ali for the first ICC World Test Championship fixture against Bangladesh.
The selectors have recalled off-spinner Bilal Asif at the back of his 43 wickets in nine Quaid-e-Azam Trophy matches, while Faheem Ashraf has been drafted in the side due to his all-round skills that were backed by his six wickets in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final against Northern.
Two changes have been made in the side that was named for the two ICC World Test Championship Tests against Sri Lanka. Kashif Bhatti and Usman Shinwari have been left out, but they remain in the red-ball plans and have been advised to continue their training and preparation.
While Kashif didn’t play against Sri Lanka, Usman made his only appearance in the Rawalpindi Test where he took one for 54. The first Test match between Pakistan and Bangladesh will be played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium from February 7-11.
Azhar Ali (captain), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan Snr, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah