PAK vs ENG: Haris, Abrar to make debut in first Test

Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq will open the batting for Pakistan

November 29, 2022
Haris Rauf (L) and Abrar Ahmed (R) - County Championship/PCB

KARACHI: Right-arm pacer Haris Rauf and mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed are set to make their Test debut against England.

Haris, who leads Pakistan's bowling in white-ball cricket, was a strong contender to take place of injured Shaheen Shah Afridi in the home Test series against the English team. 

The pacer has played only eight First-Class (FC) games since his debut in 2019. 

On the other hand, 24-year-old Abrar brings experience of 13 FC games. He was named best bowler in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2022-23 which concluded in Lahore today. 

Pakistan team is likely to go with three all-rounders in the first Test, starting on December one in Rawalpindi. Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf and Salman Agha will be part of the playing XI. 

Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq will open the batting for Pakistan. 

Pakistan's possible XI for first Test

Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (vc), Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed