Pakistan are set to make two changes in the third ODI of the series against Australia in the shape of Usman Shinwari and Junaid Khan, who will replace Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Abbas.
Pakistan are trailing in the five-match ODI series by 2-0 and they have to win the third contest, which is to be played on Wednesday at Abu Dhabi, to stay alive in the series.
Pakistan head coach, Mickey Arthur has cleared that they will not give Pakistan cap to any new player in the remaining of the series, after giving Shan Masood, Mohammad Hasnain and Mohammad Abbas their debut games.
Arthur has been heavily criticised for resting six key players in a series against Australia just before the World Cup, however, he believes this series will test their bench strength.
“We always get castigated for not trying new players and now we are getting castigated for giving opportunities to new players. I think people need to understand that we are a very passionate team,” said the coach. “Every time we go on to the field, we go there to win for Pakistan.”
“We have called this a tour of opportunities and it is so good to see this boys train and work hard. Yes, they are getting to that standards and they are not there yet. If we can get them there, then Pakistan cricket is going to see some good cricketers, in a good state,” he further said. “We will have new players ready to take over when other players are out of form or injured.”
Pakistan have lost both the games so far in the series, but two batsmen, Haris Sohail and Mohammad Rizwan have scored their maiden ODI centuries in the first and second games respectively. However, visitors won both the games convincingly by eight wickets each.