Wahab Riaz announced an 18-member Pakistan Test squad for the upcoming series against Australia yesterday, marking his inaugural assignment in his new role.
The lineup presents a blend of fresh faces and familiar ones, featuring some eyebrow-raising exclusions and inclusions.
Muhammad Hurraira Excluded without Playing
Emerging talent Muhammad Hurraira, despite his impressive domestic track record, was dropped from the Test Squad without having played a single game on the previous Sri Lanka tour. Hurraira, previously a top run-getter in domestic cricket, faced disappointment after not getting an opportunity, possibly affecting his confidence.
Mohammad Wasim Jnr’s Return
The recall of Mohammad Wasim Jnr has raised questions. Although he showed a decent performance in the recent World Cup, his Test track record remains modest, with only two wickets across two games. His direct entry into the Test Squad without participation in this year’s Quaid-e-Azam trophy is seen as an unexpected move.
Silver Lining: Domestic Talent Recognition
The squad embraced domestic performers like Khurram Shahzad, Saim Ayub, and Mir Hamza. While their inclusion is promising, the challenge of performing against Australia, known for its toughness, lies ahead. Fans hold high expectations from these budding talents.
The Pakistan-Australia tour starts with a four-day warm-up game against Prime Minister’s XI on December 6, 2023. The Test series officially commences on December 14 at Perth, promising an engaging contest between the two sides.
The selection decisions have sparked discussions among fans, with hopes pinned on the newer faces to make an impact despite the formidable challenge that awaits in Australia.
I don't know if Pak will be able to take 10 wickets let alone 20 wickets in a test match. https://t.co/HToeDfym7G
— Charlie Be Quiet 🤫 (@charlie_b_q) November 20, 2023
We're going to Australia with Mir Hamza, Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali.
Can't wait to do a all nighter and see Warner hit 300 on day one.
— Imy (@PakCricket_) November 20, 2023
Looking forward ….looks excellent 👌 team only question is how Masood will handle captaincy I have trust and faith on him still need to find out in Australia tour waiting #TESTCRICKETISBACK #AUSvPAK https://t.co/xHr7CkZzWy
— Jolly (@tradetowin100) November 20, 2023
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