Pakistan has announced a 12-member squad for the upcoming first Test against Bangladesh. The teams are slated to play two-match Test series against, starting from November 26 at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram. While Babar Azam will lead the team, Mohammad Rizwan has been appointed as his deputy.
However, all-rounder Faheem Ashraf has found a place in the 12-member squad, uncapped Abdullah Shafique has also made it to the setup. After having done well in the T20I series, Pakistan will try to carry their winning momentum in the Tests as well.
Meanwhile, Pakistan had drawn the two-match Test series by 1-1 in West Indies earlier this year as well. On the other hand, Bangladesh had won in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Harare.
Pakistan’s 12 man squad for the first Test: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (vc), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Shakib Al Hasan to miss the first Test against Pakistan
Meanwhile, prior to the series, Bangladesh will have to deal with a major blow. Their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of the first Test due to a hamstring injury which he had sustained the injury in the match against West Indies in the T20 World Cup 2021.
“Shakib will miss the first Test, that’s for sure. He is yet to recover from injury. After assessing the physiotherapist’s report, we can say whether he will be available for the second Test,” Minhajul Abedin had said in a chat with The Daily Star.
Alongside him, Tamim Iqbal also won’t be a part of the team as he has been dealing with a second fracture on his left thumb which he had sustained the injury during the Everest Premier League match. Moreover, pacer Taskin Ahmed won’t be there considering a right-hand injury that he had picked up in the third T20I against Pakistan as well.