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Yasir Shah returns to Pakistan's Test squad

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  • 23 June, 2022 00:00:45

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The Pakistan cricket team will travel to Sri Lanka next month to play a two-match Test series. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the final 16-member squad ahead of the series. The 36-year-old star leg-spinner Yasir Shah has got a place in the announced team. Yasir Shah injured his thumb in the Pakistan National Twenty20 Cup last year. Due to which this leg was out of the field for a long time. But Shah got the chance to make himself fit again and available for Test cricket. Yasir was in the XI for the last Test match in August last year. But he played a key role in Pakistan's series win on Sri Lankan soil in 2015 with 24 wickets at an average of 19.33. Meanwhile, spin all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz, who missed the Australia series due to injury, and Salman Ali Aga, who is awaiting his debut, have also been called up. Announcing the squad, PCB chief selector Muhammad Wasim said, "We have selected the squad considering the conditions in Sri Lanka and have equipped the team with the best possible resources." "These two matches are very important for our team. Because we are at risk of points in the World Test Championship. So I wish our boys the best and I am sure they will make us proud." Babar Azam's team will gather in Islamabad on June 25 ahead of the Lankan series. There they will hold a seven-day preparation camp at Pindi Cricket Stadium. He will then leave for Sri Lanka on July 7. The first Test of the series will be played on July 17 at the Gaul International Stadium. Pakistan squad: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (co-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Fahim Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Nasim Shah, Noman Ali, Salman Ali Aga, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakil, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah.

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