Fawad & Yasir Dropped | Pakistan Test Squad against England 2022

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have announced Pakistan Test Squad for the World Test Championship home series against England. The 18-men squad was announced on Monday where Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim also congratulated Pakistan’s journey in the Men’s T20 World Cup where they ended as second best.

The 18-men squad sees a few changes from their previous series against Sri Lanka. The breaking news is that Fawad Alam was dropped along with Yasir Shah, Nauman Ali and Hasan Ali. Shaheen Afridi was an obvious exclusion due to his injury that ruled him out of the England and the New Zealand home series.

The new faces included leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed and fast bowlers Mohammad Ali and Mohammad Wasim Junior. We will go into the details of the selected players. 

Pakistan Test Squad

#PlayersRoleBatting HandBowling Type
1Babar Azam (Captain)BatterRH Top orderRH Off Break
2Abdullah ShafiqueBatterRH OpenerRH Off Break
3Abrar AhmedBowlerRH TailRH Leg Break
4Azhar AliBatterRH Top orderRH Leg Break
5Faheem AshrafAll RounderLH Lower OrderLH Fast M
6Haris RaufBowlerRH TailRH Fast
7Imam ul-HaqBatterRH Opener
8Mohammad AliBowlerRH TailRH Fast
9Mohammad NawazAll RounderLH Lower OrderLH Off Break
10Mohammad Rizwan (VC)Wicket KeeperRH Middle Order
11Mohammad Wasim JnrAll RounderRH Lower OrderRH Fast
12Naseem ShahBowlerRH TailRH Fast
13Nauman AliBowlerLH Lower OrderLH Off Break
14Salman Ali AghaAll RounderRH Middle OrderRH Off Break
15Sarfaraz AhmedWicket KeeperRH Middle Order
16Saud ShakeelBatterLH Middle OrderLH Off Break
17Shan Masood BatterRH OpenerRH Medium
18Zahid MahmoodBowlerLH TailRH Leg Break

Also Read: What should be the bowling attack of Pakistan in the series against England?

Pakistan Test Squad: Who’s in and who’s out?

Included Players

Leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed is having a memorable ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy season. He is easily the highest wicket-taker with the next best just 17 wickets behind. During his run for Sindh, he picked up five 5-fers and one 10-fer in 12 innings. 

Another uncapped bowler Mohammad Ali is a right-arm fast bowler who represents Central Punjab in the QeAT 2022. In six matches, he has picked 24 wickets at a fine average of 25 with two 5-fers and one 10-fer. 

It is expected that both uncapped bowlers will likely make their debuts in the first Test against England at Rawalpindi.

Excluded Players

Fawad Alam has been dropped from the selected 18 members. He had a quiet time in 2022. He scored only 58 runs in the six innings he batted against both Australia (at home) and Sri Lanka (away) with an average of just 9.66 and a best of 24.

Though despite that, he was doing well in the ongoing QeAT season. He averaged 47 with a century and three fifties.

Yasir Shah is another big name to miss out on. He made his Test return in the Sri Lanka series this July. Although his stats in that series shows his performance was mediocre, Yasir played a great role in giving PAK wickets at crucial moments. He was in fact the second-best bowler for his side. 

In the QeAT 2022, he returned slightly poor figures. He picked up 14 wickets so far with an average return of 50 and an economy of almost four.

Pakistan Test Squad: The Importance of the England series

This series will hold significant importance in Pakistan’s chances of qualifying for the World Test Championship Final. In order for Babar Azam and his men to qualify for the final, they must win all five remaining matches or four out of five (with no loss included). 

Babar and his team held the top two spots after a 1-1 draw over the West Indies and a 2-0 series win over Bangladesh when the 2023 WTC cycle began. However, things changed following their 1-0 loss to Australia at home and then another 1-1 drawn to Sri Lanka.

After the England series, the Green Team will face New Zealand at home shortly. They will play two matches in Karachi and Multan from December 27. Should lose any one of the games, the chances will dip further and will need results from other series.

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