Hafeez included in Pakistan squad for Australia Tests
LAHORE (92 News) – All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was included in Pakistan’s squad for the two-match Test series against Australia by the selection committee and team management.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson said on Monday that Hafeez will join team squad to Dubai for the two-match Test series against Australia, commencing from October 7, on the first possible flight.
Pakistan will play its first test from October 7-11 in Dubai followed by a second test from October 16-20 in Abu Dhabi. Last week, Pakistan announced its squad, dropping left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir and recalling seamer Wahab Riaz.
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will be backed up as wicketkeeper by Mohammad Rizwan, who played his sole test against New Zealand in Hamilton almost two years ago.
“The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in the UAE, where Mohammad Amir has been dropped from the side and Wahab Riaz and Mir Hamza come in,” Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said in a statement.
“Three spinners: Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah and Bilal Asif have been kept in the squad, keeping in view the UAE wickets.”
After the first Test in Dubai, the two teams will meet for the second game in Abu Dhabi from October 16 before playing a three-match T20I series.
Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas , Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez