PCB have announced 18-member squad for upcoming PAK vs ENG Test Series beginning next month. Pakistan have handed maiden call-ups to legspinner Abrar Ahmed & pacer Mohammad Ali for the historic test Series. Notably the sleectors have dropped Yasir Shah, Fawad Alam & hasan Ali who were a part of Sri Lanka tour in July 2022.
Shaheen Shah Afridi who had injured himself again in the T20 World Cup Final is not fit to take the field as he recently got operated for appendix & is undergoing rehabilitation for his knee injury. Coming to newcomer Abrar, he is a 24-year old leg-spinner from Sindh who is also the highest wicket-taker in the Quaid-E-Azam Trophy with a total of 43 wickets in six fixtures at an average of 21.95 including five five wicket haul.
On the other hand Central Punjab’s Mohammad Ali has been among his side’s top fast bowlers in first class cricket in Pakistan in the last two seasons by scalping 56 wickets in both seasons. His 24 wickets in current QeA seaosn including two five wicket hauls at an verage of 25.54 form six matches are the highest for any fast bowler as the other two bowlers Abrar & Mubasir Khan are spinners. Mohammad Ali’s 32 wickets at 22.78 in eight fixtures during last season were the most for a fast bowler as he finished behind left-arm spinner Ali Usman.
The first Test of PAK vs ENG Test Series will begin on December 1 2022 in Rawalpindi followed by the second Test in Multan from December 9 & the third in karachi from December 17. The opening fixture will mark England’s first Test on Pakistan soil after 17 long years & will be played in Rawalpindi as planned initially, after the probability of political unrest has increased the chances of shifting the first Test to Karachi.
PAK vs ENG Test Series Pakistan Squad:
Mohammad Rizwan, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (capt), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Ali, Shan Masood, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Nauman Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Saud Shakeel, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed
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