Pakistan drop Sarfraz, Malik from Australia tour

Pakistan dropped the previous captain Sarfaraz Ahmed from the nation’s Twenty20 and Test squads for their forthcoming Australian visit Monday, while experienced players Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez were additionally given the hatchet in the shorter configuration.

Sarfraz, 32, was stripped a week ago of his Twenty20 global and Test captaincy, only days after Pakistan was directed 3-0 by Sri Lanka at home in the short organization.

His place in the two squads was taken by 27-year-old Mohammad Rizwan, whose solitary Test was in New Zealand in 2016.

The exit from Twenty20 internationals means window ornaments for Malik who had just declared retirement from Tests and one-day internationals.

Hafeez was a piece of Pakistan’s Twenty20 squad in South Africa not long ago however was not played. At 39, he has little any desire for contending in global cricket once more.

Pakistan will play three Twenty20 internationals in Sydney (November 3), Canberra (November 5) and Perth (November 8).

The two Tests will be in Brisbane (Nov 21-25) and Adelaide (Nov 29-Dec 03).

Lead trainer and boss selector Misbah-ul-Haq said Pakistan needs to do well in Australia following a baffling summer.

“We have to play forceful cricket to accomplish better outcomes there,” said Misbah. “We make them energize youths in the pace squad who could be shock bundles.”

The Test pace assault – hampered by the less than ideal retirement of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz prior this year – incorporates 16-year-old Nasim Shah and 19-year-old Musa Khan who have played only five and seven top of the line coordinates separately.

Imran Khan senior, 32, comes back to the Test squad in the wake of playing his last Test during the Australian visit in 2017.

Productive leg-spinner Yasir Shah will be helped by 33-year-old left-arm spinner Kashif Bhatti in Tests.

Furthermore, leg-spinner Usman Qadir – child of the late incredible leggie Abdul Qadir – will be a piece of the Twenty20 squad, with Misbah referring to his experience playing in Australia’s Huge Slam Twenty20 association prior this year.

The thin 37-year-old Mohammad Irfan, who played the remainder of his 20 Twenty20 internationals in the Twenty20 World Cup in India three years back, is likewise part of the shorter arrangement.


Twenty20: Babar Azam (skipper), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Khusdil Shah, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Musa Khan, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir

Test: Azhar Ali (skipper), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan senior, Iftikhar Ahmed, Kashid Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Nusa Khan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah

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