The much-anticipated tour of the Bangladesh Cricket Team was finally confirmed last week as the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) decided to send its team to Pakistan in three phases.
The first phase will start with a three-match T20I series and the Bangladesh Cricket team will get back to play the first Test match of the two-match Test series on the 7th of February at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to call 19 probables for the upcoming Test series for a preparation camp.
The Head Coach and the Chief Selector Misbah-ul-Haq has invited these players to take part in the camp in order to prepare themselves for the upcoming World Test Championship encounter against the Bengal Tigers.
Players who are invited for this camp:
- Azhar Ali (captain) (Central Punjab)
- Abid Ali (Sindh)
- Asad Shafiq (Sindh)
- Babar Azam (Central Punjab)
- Bilal Asif (Central Punjab)
- Fawad Alam (Sindh)
- Faheem Ashraf (Central Punjab)
- Haris Sohail (Balochistan)
- Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan)
- Imran Khan Snr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
- Kashif Bhatti (Sindh)
- Mohammad Abbas (Southern Punjab)
- Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper) (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
- Musa Khan (Northern)
- Naseem Shah (Central Punjab)
- Shaheen Shah Afridi (Northern)
- Shan Masood (Southern Punjab)
- Yasir Shah (Balochistan)
- Usman Shinwari (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
The T20I skipper of Pakistan Babar Azam is not going to be a part of the camp because he will be preparing his troops for the upcoming T20I series this week.
Paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi and wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan will also join their T20I captain Babar Azam in their preparations for the T20I series.
Both of these players are going to join the preparation camp for the Test series after the conclusion of the T20Is against Bangladesh.
All-rounders like Faheem Ashraf and Bilal Asif have been brought back to the camp and they’re expected to make a comeback in the Test series against Bangladesh.
Faheem Ashraf and Bilal Asif enjoyed a spectacular first-class season for their respective teams in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019.
Bilal Asif took 42 wickets for Central Punjab and Faheem Ashraf made a grand comeback to the domestic circuit when he picked a five-for for Northern in the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2019.
Both of them have been called back to the national camp on the back of some consistent performances in the first-class season.
Young pace bowler Musa Khan was not included in the final Test squad against Sri Lanka last year but he remained with the Pakistan squad after the conclusion of the Test series in Australia.
It seems that Waqar Younis and Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq see great potential in the youngster and they’re likely to keep him in the Test squad against Bangladesh. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah and all-rounder Kashif Bhatti has been called to this camp along with the experienced first-class player Fawad Alam.
All-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed was also dropped from the Test side after the conclusion of the Test series in Australia and he is absent from this national camp as well.