Pakistan’s chief selector, Inzamam Ul Haq announced test squad for the New Zealand tour and Sharjeel Khan has earned a chance to represent Pakistan in Whites.
Inzamam Ul Haq finalized the 16-men squad with consultation of head coach Mickey Arthur and the test skipper Misbah Ul Haq.
The majority of names in the squad are tried and tested except of Sharjeel Khan, who may wear the white kit for the first for his country. There were rumours that Mohammad Hafeez could make a comeback in the test squad as the third opener, but the board thought otherwise.
Another surprising exclusion is of the slow-left arm bowler, Zulfiqar Babar, however, the young allrounder, Mohammad Nawaz has been retained.
Inzamam Ul Haq told media that the squad is being selected keeping in view the playing conditions in New Zealand and there is a fine blend of young and experienced blokes in the squad.
“The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in New Zealand and the performances of players in the recent Test series against England and West Indies,” said Inzamam.
“The team is a fine blend of experience and youth, and the selectors have decided to stick to the same combination of players selected in the series against England and West Indies, and we believe the combination will produce good results on the tour,” he added.
Pakistan will play two test matches on the tour, the first game is to be played from November 17-21, 2016 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch, whereas, second five-day contest is scheduled to take place from November 25-29, 2016 at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
Misbah Ul Haq (C), Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Sharjeel Khan, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan, Imran Khan.