Buoyed after a convincing 2-0 clean-sweep of Australia, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced an unchanged 16-member squad for the first Test against New Zealand, starting on 9th November, in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan beat Australia for the first time since 1994 and chief selector, Moin Khan, said it was imperative to be consistent with the selection process.
“This is to ensure there is consistency, which will bring more stability and strengthen team bonding and combination.
There is no change to the side from the Abu Dhabi test against Australia as we wanted to ensure there is consistency,” Moin was quoted in a Pakistan Cricket Board release.
Moin said the two wins against Australia demonstrated the abilities of the national side, lead by 40-year-old, Misbah-ul-Haq. “We’re proud of Team Pakistan’s achievement in the series against Australia, which has been acclaimed locally and internationally.
It was a heroic performance, led by the experienced duo of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, admirably supported by the youngsters, and good training by the support staff,” said Moin.
Pakistan are scheduled to host New Zealand in a full series comprising of 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 2 T20Is. The squads for the remaining two Tests and the limited overs matches will be announced later.
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Squad for first Test against New Zealand: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Taufiq Umar, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan, Zulfiqar Babar. See more…