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On Monday, 21st November, Pakistan Cricket Board announced the test squad, which will be in action against England in the three-match series at home. The squad, which was revealed by chief selector Muhammad Wasim in a press conference at Gaddafi Stadium, included a couple of new names, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammad Ali, who earned their maiden call-ups. While Abrar Ahmed, with his PSL exposure, is comparatively an eminent figure. Contrastingly, there is some suspense surrounding Mohammad Ali’s name.
Mohammad Ali – A skilled medium pacer:
Originating from Sialkot, Mohammad Ali is a tall right-hand medium-paced bowler renowned for his exquisite control and seam bowling capabilities. He is believed to be among the very few out there who could swing it both ways. It’s only a matter of time before we could possibly see comparisons being drawn between him and Muhammad Abbas due to the existing array of identical attributes between the two. Ali isn’t a rookie or an emerging name by any means, rather an experienced campaigner who is currently aged 30 years.
The veteran pacer made his first-class debut for Zarai Taraiqati Bank Limited in the year 2018. Since then, he has featured in 22 first-class matches grabbing 85 wickets at an average of 23.37 and an economy of 3.12, assembling six fifers in the process.
Mohammad Ali has successfully depicted top-notch performances in the last two seasons of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy while representing Central Punjab’s team. He gathered 56 wickets in the mentioned time span at an average of 24 which remained second to none. Resultantly, he has yielded a spot in Pakistan’s test team which will be locking horns against England in a crucial series with ICC Test Championship’s final in the foresight. While sharing his thoughts on this particular inclusion, Chief Selector said:
“Mohammad Ali has shown great patience and control, and his numbers speak for his consistency. He has been our best fast bowler in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy with 56 wickets at an average of 24 over the last two seasons”
Though it is yet to be seen whether the medium-fast bowler eventually gets a go in the playing eleven. But with established names like Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali missing out on the squad for obvious reasons. There is indeed a vacant space which might compel the management to entrust the seasoned campaigner, Mohammad Ali.