Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Hosts recall Faheem Ashraf, Bilal Asif for Rawalpindi Test – cricket

Pakistan Saturday recalled allrounder Faheem Ashraf and off-spinner Bilal Asif for the primary Test towards Bangladesh beginning in Rawalpindi subsequent week. Ashraf, 26, confirmed lots of promise in his debut Test towards Ireland in 2018 when he scored 83 however then confronted damage issues and was discarded after the South Africa tour in January final 12 months.

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Bilal, 34, performed the final of his 5 Tests towards New Zealand in December 2018 and was not chosen final 12 months. Senior batsman Azhar Ali will lead the crew.

Head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq stated Ashraf did properly within the home match ultimate two months in the past.

“We have this option of playing a pace bowling allrounder against Bangladesh and Ashraf took five wickets in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy final so we have selected him,” stated Misbah.

The first Test begins in Rawalpindi from February 7.

Bangladesh had agreed to tour Pakistan in three phases and after enjoying three Twenty20 internationals returned dwelling earlier this week.

They will play the primary Test after which return once more for the only real one-day worldwide (April 3) and second Test (April 7-11) — each in Karachi.

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Misbah stated Pakistan must play at their greatest regardless of beating Bangladesh 2-zero within the three-match Twenty20 collection, with one match rained off.

“There is no guarantee that if a team doesn’t do well in one format then it will not do better in the other format as well,” stated Misbah. “They are a gritty team and will be under no pressure.”

Both the Tests are a part of the continuing World Test championship contested by the highest 9 groups.

India presently lead the championship with 360 factors adopted by Australia (296), England (146) and Pakistan (80).

The prime two groups within the desk will play the June 2021 ultimate in England.

Squad: Azhar Ali (captain), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Bilal Asif, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah.

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