Babar Azam, Shaheen Afridi included in Wisden’s Under-25 World Test XI


Karachi: Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Babar Azam and emerging pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi has been included in Wisden’s Under-25 World Test XI.

The independent voice of cricket Wisden picked a Test XI of players aged 25 or under that can potentially dominate Test cricket in upcoming years. The 25-year-old Babar is also named as captain of Wisden’s Under-25 World Test XI.

South Africa’s Aiden Markram and England’s Dom Sibley has been picked as openers. Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis has been picked at number three. Babar is placed at number four whereas England Ollie Pope is placed at number five.

Rishab Pant, only Indian to feature in the XI has been picked at number six. English all-rounder Sam Curran and Afghanistan’s all-rounder Rashid Khan has been picked at seven and eight respectively.

Barbados-born English pacer Jofra Archer, South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada, and the 20-year-old Shaheen have been picked in the pace bowling department.

Wisden’s Under-25 World Test XI:

Aiden Markram, Dom Sibley, Kusal Mendis, Babar Azam (C), Ollie Pope, Rishab Pant (WK), Sam Curran, Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer, Kagiso Rabada, Shaheen Shah Afridi

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