Pakistan recall Faheem Ashraf and Bilal Asif for Bangladesh Test
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Published: February 1, 2020 4:00:17 pm


Chief selector of Pakistan Cricket Misbah-ul-Haq, left, addresses a press convention in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Pakistan has recalled allrounder Faheem Ashraf and offspinner Bilal Asif for subsequent week’s ICC World Test Championship match in opposition to Bangladesh at Rawalpindi. (Source: AP)

Pakistan has recalled allrounder Faheem Ashraf and offspinner Bilal Asif for subsequent week’s ICC World Test Championship match in opposition to Bangladesh at Rawalpindi.

Pakistan is at No. Four within the WTC factors desk with 80 factors after it gained 1-Zero at dwelling in opposition to Sri Lanka in December when it hosted its first take a look at sequence in over 10 years.

“The test team is in good shape after winning the last test against Sri Lanka,” head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq stated on Saturday. “Now we have different opponent, but still we haven’t made lot of changes.”

Pakistan’s prime 4 batsmen — captain Shan Masood, Abid Ali, captain Azhar Ali and Babar Azam — all scored centuries in opposition to Sri Lanka within the second take a look at at Karachi to clinch an emphatic 263-run victory after rain affected the primary drawn take a look at at Rawalpindi.

The 34-year-old Asif, who performed his final take a look at match in 2018, got here again after taking 43 wickets in 9 matches on this season’s premier home top quality event — Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He has changed leftarm spinner Kashif Bhatti, who didn’t characteristic within the two-test sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka.

Ashraf took six wickets within the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy last and offers Pakistan an additional possibility of a bowling allrounder. He has changed quick bowler Usman Shinwari, who made his take a look at debut in opposition to Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi.

Bangladesh was initially scheduled to play three Twenty20s and two WTC matches however break up its tour to Pakistan in three phases attributable to safety considerations.

Pakistan gained the Twenty20 sequence 3-Zero at Lahore final month and now Bangladesh will play its first of the 2 take a look at matches at Rawalpindi from Feb. 7-11. The second take a look at is scheduled for Karachi after virtually a two month’s break when Bangladesh performs a one-off ODI and take a look at match in between Apr. 3-9.

The lengthy gaps between the take a look at matches doesn’t sit effectively with Misbah, who believed it makes issues tough for the gamers.

“It’s very difficult not only for me, but for the players too,” the coach stated.

“If a participant has scored a century in his final take a look at and then performs after a protracted of hole, it’s too tough for him to regulate shortly.

“When you play back to back test series it gives you rhythm, it’s very tricky situation for the team when you play after a gap of 2-3 months.”

Pakistan may take its factors tally to 200 if it wins each take a look at matches in opposition to Bangladesh. India is on the prime of the desk with 360 factors, adopted by Australia (296) and England (146).
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Pakistan squad: Azhar Ali (captain), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah.

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