Shan Masood, the new Test captain for Pakistan, has explained how the team plans to bat during their upcoming tour to Australia.
In a meeting in Lahore, Masood talked about how the opening batsmen, Imam ul Haq and Abdullah Shafique, have been doing well and will continue in their roles. He also mentioned that after Azhar Ali retired, he will be batting at number three, a position he’s used to.
Masood is confident about the top three positions and said they’re building the team around Babar Azam, who will be batting at number four. Masood wants to make sure Babar Azam’s batting position is secured because he’s seen as the best batsman on the team.
Saim Ayub, whom Masood sees as an exciting young player, might get a chance to play during the tour if needed.
The Pakistan team for the Australia Tests comprises players such as Shan Masood (captain), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, and Shaheen Shah Afridi.
During the Australia tour, there will be a four-day match against PM’s XI from December 6-9 at Manuka Oval, Canberra. This will be followed by three Test matches against Australia on December 14-18 at Perth Stadium, December 26-30 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), and January 3-7 at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).