Sharjeel gets his Test call for Pakistan


Opening batsman Sharjeel Khan has earned his first call up to the Test squad after the group to face New Zealand was named by the PCB on Monday.

Sharjeel has become an integral part of the limited overs teams and has impressed in Pakistan’s first class competition the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

The bruising left-hander has scored 4853 first-class runs at an average of 37.91 with 11 hundreds and 21 fifties.

Mohammad Rizwan who travelled with the team to England but didn’t make the Test starting XI at all is the only other uncapped player in the squad.

Tweaker Zulfiqar Babar has been left out of the squad with Pakistan happy with taking just one frontline spinner to New Zealand in Yasir Shah. Yasir will be supported by spin bowling allrounder Mohammad Nawaz.

It is unclear at this stage if Sharjeel will come into the XI as an opener after the success of Azhar Ali in the position during the West Indies series.

Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq still show no signs of slowing down despite sporting a combined age of 80 and anchor a formidable middle-order.

Pakistan have yet again selected three left arm quicks in Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Rahat Ali to go with their two right armers, Sohail Khan and Imran Khan.

Pakistan squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Sharjeel Khan, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan, Imran Khan