The Pakistani selectors have named a 15-man test squad for their side’s tour of Sri Lanka. The tour commences on the 17th of June with a test match scheduled to be played in Galle. The selectors did not spring up any surprises and an expected squad was named. Ahmad Shahzad, the flamboyant opener was recalled after being dropped for the Bangladesh tests on disciplinary grounds. Along with Shahzad, Shan Masood and Ehsan Adil were recalled as well.
Spinner Saeed Ajmal was left out of the squad after his return to international cricket was lackluster. Ajmal was far from being at his best against Bangladesh and the remodeled bowling action did no wonders. Bilawal Bhatti, Babar Azam and Sami Aslam were dropped as well. Speedster Sohail Khan couldn’t find a place in the squad as he still recovers from his injury. A similar case is applicable for Sohaib Maqsood and Rahat Ali.
Chief Selector Haroon Rashid was quoted saying, “While selecting the squad, the selection committee considered the following key areas: Suitability to play in varied playing conditions; potential to perform at international level; current form and fitness and performance in the previous tours of Bangladesh and recently concluded Pakistan ‘A’ team’s tour of Sri Lanka; feedback from the team management on the performance of players on Bangladesh tour.”
“Fawad Alam, Sami Aslam and some other players were also under consideration but could not be included but they remain on the selectors radar. Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan and Sohaib Maqsood are still on the rehab after sustaining injuries and it is hoped that they would be available for selection in the near future. Selection committee has also kept its options open in case of need for the 16th member keeping in mind the extreme weather conditions in Sri Lanka”, said Rasheed.
Pakistan’s test squad for the Sri Lanka tour:
Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali Misbah-ul-Haq( c ) Younis Khan Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Imran Khan, Ehsan Adil