Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik join squad after testing COVID-19 negative


Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik (L) and skipper Bbaar Azam (R)
Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik (L) and skipper Bbaar Azam (R)

DHAKA: Pakistan cricket crew captain Babar Azam and all-rounder Shoaib Malik have joined the nationwide squad for the Pakistan vs Bangladesh collection after testing negative for COVID-19.

Both gamers had joined the squad on the crew resort within the Bangladeshi capital on Tuesday. They will take part within the coaching session with different members of the crew immediately (Wednesday).

The nationwide squad will conduct a full three-hour coaching session immediately which can start at 1:45 pm native time.

The three-match T20 collection in opposition to Bangladesh begins November 19.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Rizwan has regained full health and was a part of the coaching session on the Mirpur Cricket Academy. The batter was affected by a chest an infection through the T20 World Cup and performed the semi-final after spending two nights in hospital.

“Players stayed busy training for three hours in which they batted, bowled, fielded and were seen engaged in physical exercise,” in accordance with a crew official.

The second and third T20 internationals in opposition to Bangladesh can be held on November 20 and 22 in Dhaka.

The matches can be day-night video games, with followers returning to the gallery in Bangladesh for the primary time since March 2020.

Pakistan may also play two Test matches throughout their go to to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s T20 squad for Pakistan collection

Right-hand batter Mushfiqur Rahim has been rested for the three-match T20I collection in opposition to Pakistan.

He was below hearth for his below-par efficiency within the latest T20 World Cup, having scored only one half-century in eight matches.

Bangladesh had a dismal event, the place they misplaced to Scotland within the qualifiers and didn’t win a single recreation within the Super-12 part.

They had been compelled to make not less than six modifications to the squad for the upcoming collection, with all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin dominated out on account of damage.

Batters Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar have been dropped for the collection in opposition to the World Cup semi-finalists, in addition to quick bowler Rubel Hossain.

Those recalled to the facet embrace batter Najmul Hossain Shanto and leg spinner Aminul Islam Biplob.

There had been additionally maiden T20 call-ups for Under-19 World Cup-winning captain Akbar Ali — a wicketkeeper — batters Saif Hassan and Yasir Ali Chowdhury, and tempo bowler Shohidul Islam.

Squad: Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Mohammad Naim, Najmul Hossain, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Saif Hassan, Yasir Ali, Shohidul Islam, Akbar Ali.

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