Pakistan cricket team has brushed aside all the fears surrounding the fitness of Yasir Shah and have said that they are confident of Yasir being fit for the first Test, which will be a pink ball affair to be played in Brisbane. Yasir Shah nursed a back injury last week in the practice game against Cricket Australia XI. He went on to miss the second practise game, which Pakistan XI won by a margin of 201 runs.
Azhar Ali, who performed the captaincy duties in the second Test against New Zealand was quite positive that Yasir will be fit for the first Test and will play a crucial role as he said, “He’s improving really well and we’re really confident he will be fit for the first Test.”
If Yasir is fit for the first game, then it will be a big boost for the visitors whereas if he isn’t fit for the pink ball encounter, then they might go with Mohammed Asghar, the 17-year old spinner who have been called as the backup of Yasir Shah.
This will be the second time when Pakistan will be playing a pink ball Test match as they had an encounter with West Indies with Pink ball at Dubai International Stadium in U.A.E. Yasir Shah grabbed seven wickets in that contest.
The first Test match of the series will be played at Brisbane with a pink ball before the action turns to Melbourne Cricket Stadium for the Boxing Day Test match. The Test action wraps up with the final encounter at Sydney Cricket Ground. A series of five One-Day encounters will follow the Test series.