For the first Test, Naseem Shah will take the place of Haris Rauf
Pakistan has been forced to make more changes in their squad for the first game of their first-ever Test series against Australia at home in the twenty-first century. Due to Covid-19, the home team lost fast bowler Haris Rauf, who was replaced by Naseem Shah, who was originally selected as a traveling reserve.
Rauf will be quarantined for five days after testing positive and will rejoin the squad once his quarantine is over. The Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed that the rest of the squad and support staff were subjected to testing following the release of Rauf’s results. To the relief of the home team, all of the remaining members tested negative.
The 19-year-old Naseem’s last Test appearance was in January of last year in Christchurch, New Zealand, and he is expected to compete with rookie Mohammed Wasim Junior for a spot in the playing XI for the first match in Rawalpindi, which begins on Friday, March 4.
Naseem made his Test debut against Australia in November 2019 and has since played nine games, taking 20 wickets at an average of 42.45 with one five-wicket haul.
The Test series’ second and third matches will be held in Karachi from March 12 to 16 and Lahore from March 21 to 25, respectively. Babar Azam will lead Pakistan, while Pat Cummins will lead Australia.
On March 29, March 31, and April 2, the two teams will play three one-day internationals in Rawalpindi, as well as a T20 international on April 5.