Pakistan name 12 member squad for Bangladesh Test

Nov 25, 2021: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Thursday announced a 12-member squad for the first Test against Bangladesh.

The Men in Green will take on hosts Bangladesh on Friday, November 26 at the Zahoor Ahmed Chaudhry Stadium in Chittagong.

The squad includes; Babar Azam (Captain), Mohammad Rizwan (Vice captain and wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

“Our team is impressive and this time around, will make a good impression in the Test Championship,” said skipper Babar Azam during a press conference today.

“Conditions here are different [than Pakistan is used to] hence we cannot take Bangladesh lightly,” he said. “These conditions are a bit difficult and batters have to stick around on the crease to get settled.”

Babar Azam said that the team will have to play with attention and patience to perform well in the series.

The first Test match between the two teams will be played on Saturday, December 4 at Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka. Pakistan will be full of confidence when they take the field against Bangladesh tomorrow. The visitors won the third and final T20 match of the series, completing a 3-0 whitewash over the hosts last week.

In the Bangladesh side meanwhile, all-rounder Shakib suffered a hamstring injury against the West Indies in Sharjah last month that ended his T20 World Cup, but he had been included in the Test squad in the hope that he would regain his fitness.

Moreover, Tamim was left out of the Test squad as he recovers from a finger injury and is unlikely to resume training until next month, said a Bangladesh Cricket Board official.

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