Pakistan Named Young Squad For Australia Tour; Sarfraz Ahmed Left Out
Pakistan Named Young Squad For Australia Tour; Sarfraz Ahmed Left Out.Picture Courtesy © Pakpassion.net

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Monday, announced T20I and Test squads for Australia tour. Teenage fast-bowlers Musa Khan and Naseem Shah made it to the test squad, Former Pakistani captain Sarfraz Ahmed was left out of the tour.

Pakistan Cricket Team’s head coach and chief selector Misbah Ul Haq announced the squad for Australia tour. Teenagers Musa Khan, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, and former cricketer Abdul Qadir’s son Usman Qadir made their way to the T20I squad. Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Musa, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, and Abid Ali were included in the test side.

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Pakistan Test and T20I Squad For Australia Tour

T20Is Squad

  1. Babar Azam (captain)
  2. Asif Ali
  3. Fakhar Zaman
  4. Haris Sohail
  5. Iftikhar Ahmed
  6. Imad Wasim
  7. Imam-ul-Haq
  8. Khushdil Shah
  9. Mohammad Amir
  10. Mohammad Hasnain
  11. Mohammad Irfan
  12. Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
  13. Musa Khan
  14. Shadab Khan
  15. Usman Qadir
  16. Wahab Riaz

Tests Squad

  1. Azhar Ali (captain)
  2. Abid Ali
  3. Asad Shafiq
  4. Babar Azam
  5. Haris Sohail
  6. Imam-ul-Haq
  7. Imran Khan Snr
  8. Iftikhar Ahmed
  9. Kashif Bhatti
  10. Mohammad Abbas
  11. Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper)
  12. Musa Khan
  13. Naseem Shah
  14. Shaheen Shah Afridi
  15. Shan Masood
  16. Yasir Shah

If we go to Australia and compete then, it’s fire against fire: Misbah Ul Haq

Misbah-ul-Haq, in the press conference, regarding the inclusion of Naseem Shah and Musa Khan, said,” We know that Musa Khan and Naseem Shah’s fresh and attacking approach will give us something different. These two lads will surprise a lot of people with their pace, controlled swing, and ability to bowl long spells at a consistent speed.” He added,” Naseem Shah and Musa Khan’s pace and attitude is something worth seeing. If we go to Australia and compete then, it’s fire against fire. You need those types of bowlers and talent. If we’re on the receiving end with pace, we should challenge them in the same way.”

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When asked about the exclusion of Sarfraz Ahmed, Misbah-ul-Haq replied,” Regarding a comeback, it’s straight-forward. Domestic cricket is happening; it’s just a matter of regaining his form. Once that happens, the doors are open. There is no conspiracy against him; this is a clear message for Sarfraz as well as everyone else.”

Misbah took a dig on the hype created by media regarding Sarfraz Ahmed’s removal from captaincy. He said,” There are all kinds of strange theories in the media, but it’s a simple thing, like the Chairman also said, it’s about Sarfraz’s form & the pressure he was playing under. It was based on that the decision to remove Sarfaraz from captaincy was taken.”

(Interview Courtesy: CricketPakistan.com.pk)

The head coach and chief selector also justified the inclusion of Kashif Bhatti and Khushdil Shah in ODI and T20I squad, respectively. Misbah said that both of them were consistently performing extraordinary in the domestic circuit. Kashif has claimed more than 320 wickets in 83 first-class matches. Khushdil has played some match-winning knocks, and he could be the finisher Pakistan had been looking for.

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Fast-bowler Mohammad Irfan made a comeback to the T20 side after three years. The big man had fitness issues and occasionally performed well for Pakistan. He was left out due to fitness issues and inconsistent performances. After playing exceptionally well in the T20 leagues around the world, Irfan has been selected for the Australia tour.

Usman Qadir, son of legendary leg spinner Abdul Qadir who was on his way to playing for Australia, has been selected to represent Pakistan against Australia in T20Is. Usman had been playing domestic cricket in Australia for a couple of years and had expressed his willingness to play for Australia in 2019-20. 

When asked about the surprise inclusion of Usman Qadir, Misbah replied,” Usman Qadir has the experience of playing in Australia. He also provides cover for Shadab Khan, who is on track for reclaiming his match form.”

Pakistan Cricket Team will leave for Australia on October 26. Men In Green will play Three T20Is and Two Test against the hosts.