Newly-appointed Chief Selector of the Pakistan cricket team Wahab Riaz provided an injury update on the injured pacers Naseem Shah, Mohammad Hasnain and Ihsanullah during a press conference on Monday.
Riaz announced an 18-man squad for the Test series against Australia which will begin in December and, during the presser, he confirmed that Naseem is getting better while Hasnain has already started bowling. Meanwhile, Ihsanullah is still in rehab.
"Naseem Shah will hopefully be able to bowl at 50-60% after three weeks. Mohammad Hasnain has started running and sprinting. He's started bowling last week but he'll need a couple of weeks to build up his workload. Ihsanullah continues to undergo rehab,” said Riaz.
Naseem got injured during the Asia Cup 2023 and was ruled out of the ICC World Cup as he had to undergo a shoulder injury. On the other hand, Hasnain and Ihsanullah had issues with elbows and will be back soon.
Shan Masood will lead Pakistan team during the series, which will begin with the first Test in Perth from December 14.
Shan Masood (c), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafiq, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Nauman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed.
The squad will assemble in Rawalpindi on November 22 for a training camp ahead of the tour. The camp will run till November 28 at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.
The team will fly out on November 30 from Lahore.
Some additional players have also been invited to feature in the training camp. The players called for the camp are Arshad Iqbal, Kashif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usama Mir and Usman Qadir.
While pacer Haris Rauf refused to travel to Australia citing fitness issues even though Riaz stated that the PCB assured him to manage his workload properly but he didn't change his mind.
Schedule of Pakistan’s Test tour of Australia
First Test: December 14-18, Perth Stadium
Second Test: December 26-30, Melbourne Cricket Ground
Third Test: January 3-7, Sydney Cricket Ground