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Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka: Yasir Shah returns to Pakistan’s 18-man Test squad, Babar Azam to steer aspect

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Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka: Yasir Shah returns to Pakistan's 18-man Test squad, Babar Azam to lead side

Pakistan named an 18-man Test squad for his or her 2-match Test collection in Sri Lanka in July. While Babar Azam will lead the crew, the spotlight of the squad is the return of leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

The 36-year-old leg-spinner returns to the Pakistan Test aspect for the primary time since August 2021. Yasir Shah missed the historic Test collection between Pakistan and Australia at dwelling earlier this yr on account of persistent harm considerations.

However, Yasir has regained full health and is obtainable for choice for Tests, the Pakistan Cricket Board mentioned.

Yasir was instrumental in Pakistan’s 2-1 victory over Sri Lanka on their final tour of the island in 2015, snaring 24 wickets at 19.33. Yasir performed his final Test towards West Indies in August 2021.

Pakistan additionally recalled Salman Ali Agha, who has scored 4,224 runs and brought 88 wickets in first-class, to the Test squad together with Mohammad Nawaz, who was withdrawn from the Australia squad on account of an harm.

Pakistan will depart for Sri Lanka on July 6 and play a observe match earlier than the 2 Tests, scheduled for July 14 in Galle and July 24 in Colombo, respectively.

“We have selected this squad considering the conditions in Sri Lanka and have equipped the team with the best possible resources,” Chief selector Muhammad Wasim mentioned in an announcement from PCB.

“Our spin department is boosted with the return of Yasir Shah, who proved himself as a match-winner in Sri Lanka on our last tour and Sajid Khan has made the way for him. The spin department also includes two spin all-rounders in Mohammad Nawaz and Salman Ali Agha and left-arm orthodox Nauman Ali.”

Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka Tests: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah.