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Key Pakistan players likely to miss two-Test series with Bangladesh

Amid selection committee's discussions, Babar Azam and two other Pakistan players likely to be rested for Bangladesh Tests

By Sports Desk
June 19, 2024
Pakistans Test captain, Shan Masood (left) and Pakistans white-ball captain, Babar Azam (right) - AFP/File
Pakistan's Test captain, Shan Masood (left) and Pakistan's white-ball captain, Babar Azam (right) - AFP/File

Pakistan will host Bangladesh in August for a two-Test series as Captain Shan Masood, head coach Jason Gillespie and the selection committee have begun discussions related to the squad, as revealed by the sources on Wednesday.

Since 2019-2020, this will be the first time that the country will host Bangladesh. Moreover, the series will form a part of the ICC World Test Championship 2023-2025.

It is likely 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.

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 in which Pakistan lost 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.