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Pak vs Australia, 1st Test

LAHORE: According to the Cricket Test Squad announced KP captain Iftikhar Ahmed and fast bowler Mohammad Wasim Jr have been included in Pak team for the first match of the three-match series against Australia.

The two have replaced Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali who have been ruled out of the Rawalpindi Test (first of the series) due to injuries. Both Iftikhar and Wasim (chosen due to their all-round ability) will reach Islamabad tonight and start their three-day isolation at the team hotel after which they will join the rest of the squad after clearing covid tests.

Faheem and Hasan will rejoin the squad in the coming week and after completing their three-day mandatory isolation integrate with the rest of the squad during the first Test, both are expected to regain full fitness before the second Test that will be played in Karachi 12-16 March.

15-player squad: Babar Azam (captain) (Central Punjab), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain) (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Abdullah Shafique (Central Punjab), Azhar Ali (Central Punjab), Fawad Alam (Sindh), Haris Rauf (Northern), Iftikhar Ahmed (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan), Mohammad Wasim Jnr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Nauman Ali (Northern), Sajid Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Saud Shakeel (Sindh), Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Shan Masood (Balochistan) and Zahid Mahmood (Sindh)

Test schedule:
4-8 Mar – 1st Test, Rawalpindi
12-16 Mar – 2nd Test, Karachi
21-25 Mar – 3rd Test , Lahore

Training session: 

Meanwhile, Pakistan team’s first training session was held in Pindi Cricket Stadium, on Sunday (27th of February, 2022) in Rawalpindi.

The players who took part in the session included Skipper Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Fawad Alam, Sajid Khan, Nauman Ali, Saud Shakeel and Sarfaraz Ahmed. Azhar Ali and Naseem Shah would join the training on Monday.

However, the Australia men’s team would not practice at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi on Monday. Instead, they would do gym work at the team hotel ahead of three days of on-ground training before the first Test match against Pakistan that begins on Friday.

The tour of Australia includes three Test matches, three ODIs and a Twenty20 International.

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