Pakistan Test Squad vs Australia – A Job Not Done Right?

Pakistan’s home cricket season is in full flow with the Pakistan Super League producing the quality of cricket we’ve been used to seeing over the years. As the T20 extravaganza heads towards its end, a bigger challenge for the Pakistan Cricket Team awaits; Australia’s historic tour of Pakistan after 24 years.

Cricket Australia was quick to name its test squad for the much-awaited tour – a full-fledged squad having all the permanent members of Australia’s Test setup – and PCB too followed the suit just after. While the Pakistan test squad covers most of the bases by retaining the core players, 4 players could have been added to the crew to increase its strength.

Let’s have a look at the players Who Should Have Been Named In Pakistan Test Squad vs Australia

1. Kamran Ghulam

The right-handed batter plays for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the Quaid e Azam trophy and has been the center of talk of the town for the last few years for all the right reasons. The 26-year-old has played 36 first-class matches so he certainly is not short on experience when it comes to playing on Pakistani pitches. An average of 48.56 in these speaks highly about his ability as an accumulator in the whites. He also holds the record for most runs scored in a single season of the Quaid e Azam trophy, achieving this feat by scoring 1249 runs in 11 matches of the 2020/21 Quaid e Azam trophy.

He could’ve provided much-needed stability to the top order by making it into the Playing XI but has only been selected as a reserve.

2. Yasir Shah

The veteran leggie has missed out on selection into the main squad for the series yet again. While this can be credited to his poor form before he was dropped, Yasir’s record against Australia in Asia has been nothing short of brilliant. He made his test debut against Australia too in the 2014 series. Sajid Khan and Nauman Ali, the two spinners, have been really good recently and there’s no way one can question their place. 

The inclusion of Zahid Mehmood in the squad over Yasir Shah, however, is questionable. If the selectors wanted a third spinner in the squad, they could have gone with the experience of Yasir to pair with relatively inexperienced Nauman and Sajid instead of Zahid Mehmood. The spinner has gotten Steve Smith out seven times in his career and averages only 25.4 in Asia.

Pakistan Test Squad

3. Tabish Khan

Tabish Khan has a first-class career of more than 18 years and 616 wickets. The fact that a bowler with such incredible FC numbers has played only 1 Test in his whole life, is a pity. The pacer is already 37 years old and can now retire any time soon, so a farewell test series for him at home against the Mighty Aussies would have been fantastic. He could have also been the X-factor in the team as he was more than expected to trouble kangaroos with his line and length on the grounds and pitches he’s known for years.

4. Naseem Shah 

The 18 years old speedster is in the form of his life as seen by his performance in CPL and now in the ongoing PSL. The pacer has picked up the only fifer taken in this year’s PSL and has looked to confuse batters with his pace and line more often than not. Debuting against Australia in 2019 as an inexperienced 16-year-old, he’s learned much more in these two years. 

Naseem also has a great record in red-ball cricket at home, picking up 12 wickets in 3 matches at an outstanding average of 23.41. Adding him in the Pakistan test squad could have added extra pace vs Aussies by surprise and trouble their batting lineup. 

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