PCB named 20-man Test squad for England tour; Wahab Riaz included

PCB named 20-man Test squad for England tour; Wahab Riaz included

Pakistan tour of England will kick-off on 5 August 2020. The 20-man squad is announced for the Tests and T20I’s.

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Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a 20-man squad for the Test series against England starting from August 5. Pakistan ex-skipper captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and fast bowler Wahab Riaz have made a comeback to the squad. On the other hand, middle-order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed has been left out. Slightly expected that he will replace Haris Sohail, who pulls out his name from the selection due to the concerns about the pandemic, but that wasn’t the case.

Earlier, a 29 member squad was announced for the Tests and T20Is. The 20 man squad was announced keeping in mind the situation due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, Wahab was keen to do comeback for the national test side after opting out of the longer format indefinitely last year. The selectors have shown the trust and eventually given him a place in the final squad.

Importantly, everyone’s focus is on Babar Azam, the new Pakistan cricket sensation. The stylish right-hander is ranked No. 1 in the ICC T20Is ranking and will be looking to make his Test record even better. Babar, recognizing as one of the best batsmen in the world at the moment. Also, has a good white-ball record as compared to the red-ball cricket. Now the end of summer in England,  dry pitches will help the batsman but the English team has always prospered in home conditions.

Ex-Skipper will be the Second Keeper on this tour

Sarfaraz Khan will play as a backup wicketkeeper on this tour. Also, he was dropped from Test and T20I squad last year. The youthful Mohammad Rizwan will be highly preferred by the team management. He has also toured Australia last year and played Bangladesh at home this February. It is important for Sarfaraz to find his spot in the playing XI. Sarfaraz is known to be an experienced campaigner and one of the most successful captains the country ever had.

The selectors have shown confidence in uncapped spinner Kashif Bhatti. However, he is behind Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan in the spin bowling order. Left-arm spin all-rounder Fawad Alam is also in line who last played a Test match in 2009. Old Trafford will host the first Test before going on to the other two matches. The first T20I will be played on 28 August.

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