Pakistan cricket team chief selector Wahab Riaz has identified three promising batsmen who are on the national team’s radar despite being left out of the current squad for the upcoming Test series against Australia.
Sahibzada Farhan, who topped the run-scorer charts in domestic cricket, has caught the attention of the chief selector.
Speaking to the press on the announcement of the national team line-up, Wahab clarified that the top order is well settled at the moment, with no immediate plans for changes. Farhan remains a possible inclusion if the need arises, demonstrating the forward-thinking approach of the selectors.
“Sahibzada Farhan was the top scorer but our first order is set at the moment. So, it is on our radar only if the need arises,” Wahab said.
Another name in contention is Mohammad Huraira, who could find a place in the middle order if opportunities open up.
“Similarly, with Mohammad Huraira, we will add him if there is room in the middle order,” he added.
Haseebullah is the third batsman highlighted by Wahab, recognizing the player’s potential and revealing that he was closely watched by the selection committee. Despite the interest in Haseebullah, the current stability of Mohammad Rizwan and Sarfaraz Ahmed in their respective roles has led the team to retain their current line-up.
“Haseebullah was also on our radar and we have our eyes on him, but at the moment, both Mohammad Rizwan and Sarfaraz Ahmed have been doing well, so we will continue with them. Of course, we will utilize domestic resources whenever the need arises,” he concluded.
Pakistan Team for Australia Tests: Shan Masood (capt), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (ret), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel and Shaheen Shah Afridi
Australia Tour Schedule:
• Four-day match: PM’s XI vs Pakistan – December 6-9: Manuka Oval, Canberra
• 1st Test – Australia vs Pakistan – December 14-18: Perth Stadium
• 2nd Test – Australia vs Pakistan – December 26-30: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
• 3rd Test – Australia vs Pakistan – January 3-7: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG)
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