After a successful Independence Cup, Pakistan is all set to take on Sri Lanka in UAE. Pakistanis have really upped their game in the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed and have managed to win a big title in Champions Trophy already. They’d definitely want to continue that run and win the series against Sri Lanka. Pakistan’s Test Squad has been announced and we have got the names of all the players who will be starring in the 2-match Test Series for Pakistan.
Pakistan will be playing under their regular captain Sarfaraz Ahmed who’ll probably be leading Pakistan in the longest format of the game for the first time. With 77.77% win rate in ODIs and 81.81% in T20Is during his short career as captain, Sarfaraz really is definitely set for a wonderful career as Pakistan’s Test captain. With 3 centuries to his credit in Test cricket, he can really contribute with the bat as well and Pakistan will expect him to lead from the front.
Pakistan’s batting will rely on Azhar Ali at the top and there will be Sami Aslam or Shan Masood to support him on the other end. Azhar’s record as a Test batsman has been great with 302* as his career highest. He’s currently in good form as well and played a couple of good knocks in Champions Trophy including 76 in the Semi-Final against England. Besides him, there will be Babar Azam to look forward to who appears to be cementing his spot in the squad across all the formats with his wonderful batting performances. The role of Asad Shafiq will now be critical after retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan who previously used to anchor the middle order. A lot of responsibility will be on Asad Shafiq now.
Selectors have given chance to a couple of young faces as well with the likes of Usman Salahuddin and Haris Sohail. Though Haris has been in the Pakistan team previously as well, it will be first international stint for Usman and we wish both of them all the best.
Bowling department has a few well-recognized faces with the likes of Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah. All of them have played critical role for Pakistan in recent times and Yasir has become more of their Test-specialist. Amir and Hasan bowled splendidly in the recent Champions Trophy event and will be expected to carry that momentum forward against Sri Lanka as well. Then there are a couple of youngsters in Mir Hamza and Mohammad Abbas. Abbas made his debut against West Indies in Pakistan’s last outing in Tests where he bowled splendidly to pick up 15 wickets in 3 Test matches. What a splendid beginning to a career it was. We’ll have to wait and watch how Mir Hamza bowls as he’s been talked of too highly in recent times in the local circles. Peshawar Zalmi lef-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar also managed to impress the selectors and is part of the squad as well.