Pakistan’s Test captain, Shan Masood, has pointed out six key players from the Pakistan squad to watch out for in the imminent three-match Test series against Australia, beginning on December 14th in Perth.
During a press conference following the trophy ceremony for the upcoming four-day match against PM-XI, Masood voiced his confidence in these players, highlighting their diverse skills that could pose challenges for the Australian batters.
“We have six players, each offering a different threat for batsmen. Mir Hamza, a left-arm bowler experienced in county cricket and Tests, and Khurram Shehzad, the top wicket-taker in our domestic season, are strong performers. We’re also considering Mohammad Wasim Jr, whose pace could be crucial, especially if the ball starts reversing. He could be handy at the SCG” stated Masood, elaborating on the team’s bowling options.
Expanding on their choices, Shan Masood also emphasized two all-rounders, Aamer Jamal, and Faheem Ashraf, acknowledging their pace and potential to contribute significantly with both bat and ball.
“Aamer Jamal, an all-rounder, delivers with good pace and length, which could prove useful. We’re hopeful Faheem Ashraf will evolve and offer us both batting depth and bowling prowess. We’re exploring various options, and the upcoming match will likely shape our strategy for the Tests,” he added.
The Pakistan squad includes a mix of seasoned players and rising talents, aiming to challenge Australia in the upcoming series.
The Australia squad boasts experienced names like David Warner, Steve Smith, and Pat Cummins, setting the stage for an intense series between the two cricketing giants.
The schedule includes a four-day match against PM’s XI before the Test series kicks off in Perth, followed by matches in Melbourne and Sydney.
As the anticipation builds for the series, Masood’s observations shed light on Pakistan’s strategy, showcasing the depth and diversity within the team as they gear up to take on the challenging Australian side.