The recent announcement of Pakistan squad for the Australia tour brought forth some surprising inclusions and exclusions, raising eyebrows among cricket enthusiasts. The omission of emerging talent Muhammad Hurraira from the Test squad was a notable decision.
Pakistan squad for Australia tour? WHY?
Despite being part of the squad during the successful tour of Sri Lanka where Pakistan secured a 2-0 victory, Hurraira didn’t get a chance to showcase his skills. Having been the top run-scorer in both the 2021 and 2022 editions of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, his exclusion without any opportunity to prove himself might dent the confidence of this young talent, especially considering his past performances in domestic cricket.
Conversely, the return of Mohammad Wasim Jnr raised questions. Despite not featuring in this year’s Quaid-e-Azam trophy, his direct inclusion in the Test squad seemed perplexing to many. While his performance in the World Cup was decent, it wasn’t remarkably extraordinary to warrant an immediate spot in the Test squad. His selection over established players like Faheem Ashraf and Aamer Jamal adds to the intrigue.
However, the squad did include domestic standouts like Khurram Shahzad, Saim Ayub, and Mir Hamza, signifying recognition for their performances. The upcoming Australia tour poses a significant challenge, and while expectations might be tempered for these domestic talents, fans remain hopeful that they’ll rise to the occasion and deliver.
Shan Masood (c), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafiq, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Nauman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed