Chief selector Wahab Riaz on Monday introduced an 18-member Pakistan Check squad for the tour of Australia comprising three matches scheduled from December 14, 2023 to January 7, 2024.
This might be Wahab’s first project since taking up as head of the nationwide males’s choice committee final week, whereas the identical goes for Shan Masood – who was chosen as captain after Babar Azam’s resignation.
Masood was named Pakistan captain for the 2023-25 ICC World Check Championship cycle after taking up from Babar following a humiliating World Cup marketing campaign.
Wahab Riaz, in his first press convention as chief selector, stated pacer Haris Rauf had assured the cricket board that he would play Check cricket for the nationwide crew, however yesterday he knowledgeable the course that he did not need to be a part of this sequence. .
“You will need to inform your self about this as a result of individuals must be clear about what is occurring,” Riaz instructed reporters, noting that Rauf was frightened about whether or not he would have health issues if he participated on the tour.
“We tried to facilitate him in each doable approach. Even when he failed on this tour, I used to be prepared to just accept it. Our health guide instructed us that he (Rauf) would don’t have any drawback in go ahead.”
“We may have dealt with the issues, however he pulled out on the final second. I believe will probably be a setback for Pakistan,” the chief coach stated.
Left-handed opening batter Saim Ayub has earned his maiden call-up to the Check squad after a formidable run within the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2023-24.
The 22-year-old scored 553 runs in 4 matches for Karachi Whites and had three centuries to his title, together with a match-winning double century in opposition to Faisalabad within the ultimate of the event. He continued his type within the Pakistan Cup (one-day event), the place he was named the event’s finest batter, ending because the competitors’s main run-getter.
Proper-arm quick bowler Khurram Shahzad additionally obtained his maiden Check call-up, following a profitable home season to this point.
The 23-year-old was the very best wicket-taker within the 2023-24 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy with 36 wickets in eight matches at a median of 20.31 and took 13 wickets at 16.62 within the Pakistan Cup not too long ago concluded.
Tempo bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, who final appeared in Exams for Pakistan throughout England’s tour of Pakistan in late 2022, is again within the squad.
Left-arm pacer Mir Hamza, who recorded 32 wickets at 20.88 within the 2023-24 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, and right-arm pacer Mohammad Wasim Jnr additionally make a return to the crew.
The 2 quick bowlers had been a part of the Pakistan crew throughout New Zealand’s tour of Pakistan which passed off from December 2022 to January 2023.
Chief selector Wahab Riaz, reflecting on the squad chosen for the Australia tour, stated: “The crew has been put collectively maintaining in thoughts the robust Australian circumstances.
We saved the pitches in thoughts and added extra bowling assets to the crew to make sure that the administration may very well be versatile with the crew mixtures within the three Check matches.
“Saim Ayub was added to the squad after the extraordinary home season he had this yr. He impressed with the bat within the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and Pakistan Cup, making a powerful case for his choice His inclusion will strengthen our robust batting line-up.
“Pakistan have had an excellent begin to the ICC World Check Championship 2023-25, following their success in Sri Lanka earlier this yr. We hope the crew can proceed this momentum in Australia as effectively. We’ve tried to make sure that the crew has all the required assets to reach Australia.
The crew will meet in Rawalpindi on November 22 for a coaching camp forward of the tour.
The camp is scheduled to happen from November 23 to twenty-eight on the Pindi Cricket Stadium. The crew will fly out on November 30 from Lahore.
Some extra gamers had been additionally invited to take part in coaching camp. The gamers known as up for the camp are Arshad Iqbal, Kashif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usama Mir and Usman Qadir.
Shan Masood (captain), 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 tour of Australia
First Check: December 14-18, Perth Stadium
Second Check: December 26-30, MCG
Third take a look at: January 3-7, SCG