Mohammad Asghar Called As Backup For Injured Yasir Shah In Pakistan Test Squad
The 18-year-old uncapped left-arm spin sensation Mohammad Asghar has been named as the backup for injured leg-spinner Yasir Shah in the Pakistan squad for Tests against Australia, starting December 15.
After sustaining a back injury during the practice session on December 6, Yasir was also ruled out of the warm-up game against Australia XI and has been advised rest by doctors.
“Yasir is visibly improving but it’s an important Test and we don’t want to take a risk. He basically suffered back spasms and is being taken care of with therapy. We are hoping to have him back. But it’s always good to have back up to counter the worst case,” Amjad Hussain, Pakistan media manager, said as quoting by ESPNcricinfo.
Making a dream debut in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for Peshawar Zalmi in the inaugural edition, Asghar was praised by veterans like Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis for his performance. Throughout the edition, he bagged 11 wickets at the average of 18.45.
While making the first-class debut at the age of 16 in December 2014, Asghar has picked 68 wickets at an average of 26.61 in his 17 outings.
In Pakistan’s Test squad, there’s another spinner in the form of young left-arm all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz.
Despite the International Cricket Council clearing Pakistan veteran spinner Saeed Ajmal’s after finding his action legal, Yasir has given best of the performances at their adopted home UAE.
From his seven Tests against England and West Indies, Shah bagged 40 wickets but didn’t had something big on offer against New Zealand in Christchurch before being dropped in Hamilton.
So far in 20 Tests, record-holder Shah has claimed 116 wickets at an average of 28.79 which includes two 10-wicket hauls and eight five-wicket hauls.
Pakistan is scheduled to play a three-day warm up game between 8th and 10th December at Cazaly’s Stadium in Cairns.
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