Babar Azam among three Pakistan players likely to be rested for Bangladesh Tests

Shan Masood will lead the side in a two-Test series at home

June 19, 2024
Pakistan's Test captain, Shan Masood (left) and Pakistan's white-ball captain, Babar Azam (right) - AFP

Captain Shan Masood, head coach Jason Gillespie and the selection committee have begun discussions related to Pakistan’s squad for the Test series against Bangladesh in August, sources revealed on Wednesday.

It is possible that the current white-ball skipper Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi will be rested for the Test matches against Bangladesh whereas Haris Rauf’s inclusion in the squad is not even being considered.

Saud Shakeel, Abdullah Shafique, Salman Ali Agha and former skipper and wicketkeeper-batter Sarfaraz Ahmed are being considered for the final squad.

As for the fast bowling department, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mir Hamza, Khurram Shahzad and Aamir Jamal are under consideration for selection.

Pakistan will host Bangladesh in August for a two-Test series and this series will be the first time since 2019-2020 that Pakistan will host the nation. The series will form a part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-2025.

This series will be Gillespie’s first assignment as head coach of the Pakistan Test team after his appointment in April and Masood’s second assignment after his appointment later last year. He first led the side against Australia in a three-Test series which Pakistan lost by 3-0 in Australia.

Masood is currently representing and captaining the Yorkshire County Cricket Club in the County Championship.

Pakistan were knocked out of the ongoing T20 World Cup in the initial group stage, whereas Bangladesh have qualified for the Super 8. 


    Raza Butt commented 4 weeks ago

    This will be disastrous for Pak cricket.

    Syed Muhammad commented 4 weeks ago

    This is very good news these three players are restricted for upcoming series hopefully Pakistan will response good in fresh squad,best of luck all team members

    Raheel commented 4 weeks ago

    They should only be playing red ball cricket. That's what they all want,shorter format less effort more money.

    Inaam commented 4 weeks ago

    Senseless decision

    Faz Siddiqui commented 4 weeks ago

    If this will be done then it becomes the excellent move as they had created monopoly in team and constantly failing till date.

    Tafakhar hasnain commented 4 weeks ago

    Babar should play as a player if not as a captain. He is world class batter.