Pakistan name 12-player squad for first Bangladesh cricket Test

By: News Desk      Published: 11:46 AM, 25 Nov, 2021
Pakistan name 12-player squad for first Bangladesh cricket Test
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Pakistan announced their 12-player squad for the first Test against Bangladesh, which will be played at the Ch Zahoor Ahmed Cricket Stadium in Chittagong from Friday (tomorrow). 

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

However, the second Test will commence on Saturday, 4 December at Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium Mirpur, Dhaka.

Pakistan and Bangladesh cricket teams will play their first Test match of the two-match series at Chittagong and the match will start at 9am, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Thursday.

Pakistan Test squad held training and practice session in Chittagong on Thursday.

In-form wicketkeeper Muhammad Rizwan also took part in the training before first Test

Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Rejaur Rahman Raja are the newest faces in Bangladesh's Test squad.

Also, Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out of Bangladesh's first Test against Pakistan in Chattogram, which begins on Friday. 

It was, however, an inevitable decision from the BCB's medical team after Shakib apparently failed to recover from the hamstring injury he sustained during the T20 World Cup.

Bangladesh's chief selector Minhajul Abedin said that Shakib might take longer to recover, which could mean that he is entirely out of the Test series against Pakistan.

Bangladesh are already without Tamim Iqbal in this Test series due to a second thumb fracture after he had seemingly recovered from the first one.

Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam are also out with injuries for the Chattogram Test. Taskin hurt his hand during the third T20I against Pakistan while Shoriful sustained a back injury during the second game.

Bangladesh's Test series against Pakistan is their first in the new WTC cycle.