Following their outstanding performance in the T20 World Cup, the Men in Green have arrived in Dhaka for a T20 and Test series against the host country, which begins on November 19.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced in a statement that Captain Babar Azam and all-rounder Shoaib Malik will join the team in Dhaka on November 16. The national team, on the other hand, will begin practice after a one-day quarantine period.
The PCB announced the team for the Bangladesh series earlier this week, retaining the squad that competed in the ICC T20 World Cup with the exception of Mohammad Hafeez, who requested that the team management leave him out, allowing opportunities for young players to participate.
After Shoaib Malik, Hafeez is the current Pakistan squad’s second-longest serving cricketer. He had planned to retire in November last year, following the T20 World Cup in Australia, but had to postpone his decision due to the tournament’s postponement.
After discussions with Chief Selector Muhammad Wasim, the batter decided to withdraw to allow younger batters to perform and gain international experience and exposure.
As a result, Iftikhar Ahmed, who is in good form, has been added to the middle order, which also includes Haider Ali and Khushi Shah.
The Pakistan squad for the two Tests, which will be played in Chittagong and Dhaka from November 26 to 30, will be announced in due course.
Meanwhile, the PCB retained the same team management that was present in the UAE, with the exception of batting consultant Matthew Hayden, who was unavailable due to prior commitments.
Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shoaib Malik, Usman Qadir