Haris Rauf won his first Test cricket call-up as he was chosen from Pakistan’s 18-man squad for a three-match series against England. The 29-year-old entered the mix in place of Shaheen Shah Afridi, who was unavailable for selection after undergoing appendicitis surgery on Sunday.
Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali and Yasser Shahwho were part of Pakistan’s latest Test round in Sri Lanka, were left out of Pakistan’s 18-man squad for three ICC World Test Championship matches against England, which kick off on December 1 in Rawalpindi. Along with them, Shaheen Shah Afridi was also dropped from the show as he is currently in rehabilitation after surgery and injury.
Riding on their excellent first-class performances, spinner Abrar Ahmed and fast bowler Mohammad Ali were rewarded with first test calls. Mohammad Wasim Jnr and Zahid Mehmood, who were part of the Test squad for the three Tests against Australia earlier in the year, have also returned to the side. But the PCB’s most notable inclusion was Haris Rauf, who has yet to make his debut in red-ball cricket.
“I am confident that this team will ensure that the next round of Test against England ends in the same way as their last tour of Pakistan in 2005,” PCB head coach Muhammad Wasim said. to reporters during the team announcement.
Pakistan squad for England Tests: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood and Zahid Mehmood.
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