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PCB announces updated Pakistan Test squad for Upcoming Australia series

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Sajjad Ahmed
Sajjad Ahmed
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Mohammad Nawaz has been ruled out of the Pakistan-Australia Test series after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) published a revised team on Wednesday.

The much-anticipated Test series against Australia will begin in Rawalpindi on March 4. This will be Australia’s first visit to Pakistan in 24 years.

Nawaz has been ruled out of the series due to a foot injury and will not be replaced, the PCB announced in a statement. Naseem Shah and Sarfaraz Ahmed have been appointed as traveling reserves.

Shah and Sarfaraz, on the other hand, will be considered for selection only in the event of an injury, the PCB said.

Mohammad Haris has been added to the team’s reserve roster. He has been encouraged, along with Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Abbas, and Yasir Shah, to compete in the Pakistan Cup, which begins on March 2.

They will be drafted into the side if necessary, the statement said.

Pakistan squad:

Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, and Zahid Mahmood.

Australia squad:

Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, and David Warner.

Test schedule:

March 4-8 — First Test, Rawalpindi

March 12-16 — Second Test, Karachi

March 21-25 — Third Test, Lahore

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