Pakistan vs Sri Lanka | Shahzada TV news desk | Pakistan announced its Test squad for the upcoming two-match series against Sri Lanka. Adding Yasir Shah and all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz returning to the side, Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim announced on Wednesday.
Pakistan will play their first Test against the hosts at Galle from July 16. While the second Test will start in Colombo on July 24. Before the formal start of the series, the visitors will play a three-day warm-up match from July 11.
Yasir played a key role in Pakistan’s 2-1 triumph with 24 wickets at an average of 19.33, over Sri Lanka on their previous trip to the country in 2015. He returns to the side after recovering his previous level of fitness. In August 2021, Yasir faced the West Indies in his 46th and most recent Test.
Another addition to the team is Salman Ali Agha. Who has scored 4,224 runs and taken 88 wickets in the first-class squad.
Nawaz is the third player to be recalled. Previously, he was named in the squad for Australia Tests but was later withdrawn due to injury.
The 18-member squad named for the latest series includes three openers, four middle-order batsmen, three all-rounders, two wicketkeepers, two spinners, and four fast bowlers.
Wasim stated when announcing the Test roster.
We have selected this squad considering the conditions in Sri Lanka and have equipped the team with the greatest possible resources.
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The return of Yasir, who had proven his mettle in Sri Lanka on the team’s previous tour with assistance from fellow spinner Sajid Khan, he claimed, had bolstered the national team’s spin department.
“The spin department also includes two spin all-rounders in Mohammad Nawaz and Salman Ali Agha and left-arm orthodox Nauman Ali,” the chief selector added.
Wasim said that Agha had consistently performed well with the bat over the previous three seasons and that he was a useful alternative for off-spin.
Although the results against Australia were not ideal, our team recently put up strong performances in Bangladesh, and this is the main reason to instill consistency and continuity [by keeping some of the players on the side].
The chief selector acknowledged that the two-match series against Sri Lanka was “extremely crucial” for Pakistan. Keeping in view the battle for points for the World Test Championship. “I wish our boys all the best and I am sure they will make us proud.”
The national team will arrive in Islamabad on June 25 to complete their training for the Test series at the Pindi Cricket Stadium with a seven-day camp that runs from June 26 to July 2. On July 6, they will travel for Sri Lanka.
On the ICC points chart, Pakistan is presently ranked sixth. In the forthcoming series of the current ICC World Test Championship cycle, which runs from July 2021 to June 2023, the home team is hoping to strengthen its position on the field.
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