Pakistan Cricket was facing its critical times with 9/11 T20 defeats in a single year however, after making a tremendous come back after a longer span, have recently clean sweep Bangladesh in three-match T20I series under Babar Azam’s captaincy and Misbah’s coaching. Pakistan have won first home series under Babar as the captain and Misbah as the coach obviously as the good things take time to happen.
Pakistan, who are now to face Bangladesh in-front of their home crowd at the national venue, will play two tests against Bangladesh out of which one is to be initiated from 7-11 February and the second and the last test that has a time space of two months in between, will be played after the end of Pakistan Super League (PSL) fifth edition.
On the matter, coach-cum-chief selector was spotted at a media chat after announcing the squad for Rawalpindi test saying that it might be troublesome for the players,
“It is very difficult (to have 2nd Test after 2 months). It is a big problem, not for me, but, for the players. The player who will play the first test and hit a hundred will have to wait for the second test (2 months) and to start over again.”
The squad for the first match is as following:
Azhar Ali (c), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood and Yasir Shah.
After the announcement of the squad, the news that was trending among the Pakistan Cricket fans was the elimination of Kashif Bhatti and Usman Shinwari in places of Bilal Asif and Faheem Ashraf respectively.
Along the fans, officials such as Rashid Laif have came up with their point of views and sayings over the squad members. According to Rashid, Imam-ul-Haq should not has been picked in national squad against Bangladesh. In short, he seems unhappy with the squad. He said that,
“They should have dropped Yasir Shah if they intended on playing Bilal Asif instead of him in the match. Bilal’s action seems a bit suspect but he has been checked by the labs and his action is perfect. Kashif Bhatti should have been retained. Imamul Haq should have made way for Bilal Asif.”
Meanwhile, as per the media reports, spectators are to get free entry at the twin city stadium for the Rawalpindi test.
Where training sessions are going on at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore, on the other side, a fitness test of players have been conducted on January 28th where The Akmal Brothers along Salman Butt have failed to pass out. Along the trio of these three, other two domestic stars of Pakistan have also neglected to sign the provincial central contract issue by PCB four months back.
The fitness has been the concern of The Akmal Brothers and it is not a news in regards of Umar Akmal that he has found himself in hot waters after misbehaving with a foreign trainer. As an outcome, PCB is to take harsh reaction against Umar Akmal on a move he made during skin-fold test saying “Charbi Kahan hai”?
"Where is the fat?" – Umar Akmal.
Quote of the year already. You'll know why once the circumstances around it are… umm… laid bare.
[It is exactly like it sounds]https://t.co/1i30XnLJx0
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) February 2, 2020
As the international cricket that was kicked off from Pakistan after security concerns has returned to Pakistan back, but, the BCCI have still neglected to send the team to Pakistan for Asia Cup 2020. On the reply, Wasim Khan had also denounced that Pakistan either will not go to India for ICC T20I WC if Indians will not come.
For the purpose, ACC has held a meeting. The issues that might be political between the two countries still has remained as woes and stopper in the ways of cricket. However, the matches of Asia Cup will now take place in UAE and Ehsan Mani has revealed that he is ready to respect the decision of ACC whether they want Asia Cup matches to be staged at Pakistan or not.
It is also to be notified that, PCB’s 57th Board of Governor Meeting will take place in Peshawar on 4th February, 2020. Last year, PCB hosted BOG’s meeting for the first time in Quetta.