Question marks over Pakistan squad for Australia tour

The series begins next month

November 20, 2023
Pakistan will play a three-match test series against Australia in December - January. — AFP

Pakistan’s squad for the tour of Australia was announced earlier today. Chief Selector Wahab Riaz named an 18-man squad for the three-match Test Series in Australia in December-January 2023-24. The squad saw a few new faces and a few old members coming back.

Following are some of the surprises that were observed in the squad.

Axing Muhammad Hurraira

The emerging talent Muhammad Hurraira was dropped from the Test Squad without getting a chance to play. Huraira was part of the Pakistan squad for the tour of Sri Lanka where Pakistan whitewashed Sri Lanka 2-0. However, Hurraira didn’t get a chance in any game and for the upcoming Australia tour he wasn’t picked.

It is pertinent to mention that he was the top run-getter of the 2021 as well as the 2022 edition of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy. This year, he was quite average with the bat in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy but dropping him from the national squad without giving a chance to play can ruin the confidence of the young man.

The return of Mohammad Wasim Jnr

Among the returning players, Mohammad Wasim Jnr’s name is also questionable. Mohammad Wasim Jnr played his last Test against New Zealand in December 2022. In two matches that he has played in his Test career, he has taken only two wickets at an average of 115. It is hard to understand how he got a direct entry in the Test Squad as he didn’t feature in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy this year either. His World Cup campaign was quite decent but it wasn’t that extraordinary that he could earn a direct spot in the Test Squad. Wasim Jnr managed to find a space in the squad even when Faheem Ashraf and Aamer Jamal were already in the squad.

Some positives

The squad had some positives too as domestic performers like Khurram Shahzad, Saim Ayub and Mir Hamza were rewarded.

It will be tough to expect too much from them as Australia tour is usually quiet challenging but fans have high hopes from the domestic performers that they will deliver.

The Pakistan tour of Australia kicks-off from December 6, 2023, when Pakistan will face Prime-Minister’s XI in a four-day warm-up game. Afterwards, the first Test will begin on December 14 at Perth.

Pakistan squad

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

Schedule of Pakistan’s Test tour of Australia

First Test: December 14-18, Perth Stadium

Second Test: December 26-30, MCG

Third Test: January 3-7, SCG

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    Sher Afzal commented 6 months ago

    While reporting the selected squad plyer wise speciality should be part of report as followers do not know who is selected as what and what are his credentials, like fast bowler batter alrounder left arm right arm .

    Imran commented 6 months ago

    It would be a wise decision by PCB if the senior player like #Sarfaraz or #BabarAzam be given the captaincy for this series and #Shanmasood would be appointed their deputy. Best of Luck to #TeamPakistan

    Farooq commented 6 months ago

    Where is Nasim Shah? Is he fit or still injured? Please let me know Thanks

    Habib commented 6 months ago

    Australian is test champion, top ranked squad while Pakistan test squad is not even par, players performed in Quaid E Azam trophy lack experience against Australian test squad as well Australian pitches.

    Ali commented 6 months ago

    Mir hamza is not T Boult, against England in home conditions he was below the average line. Amir jamal is waste of time. Hasan Ali is not Muhammed siraj, in short our spin nd fast bowling will be punished in Australia take my word

      agreed commented 6 months ago