Pakistan’s spinner-free squad for Australia tour sport raises eyebrows

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The Pakistan A squad as a consequence of face Australia in a four-day sport that begins on Saturday won’t function any spinners. Given the collection correct will in all chance have spinners enjoying an enormous half, it was a squad that raised eyebrows. ESPNcricinfo understands it stems from a want to disclaim Australia sport time in opposition to high quality spin forward of the Take a look at collection.

Asad Shafiq will lead the Pakistan A squad in opposition to a full-strength Australia on the ICC academy in Dubai. The 14-man squad additionally consists of returning quick bowlers Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali, each of whom have been out of nationwide competition.

The obvious want to deny Australia sport time in opposition to high quality spinners stems from the position they’ll invariably play as soon as the Take a look at matches begin. Of their earlier outing within the UAE in 2014, Pakistan’s spinners had 26 wickets: Zulfiqar Babar, the left-arm spinner, bagged 14 whereas Yasir Shah picked up 12 within the two-Take a look at collection. The Australia spin duo was far much less efficient, with Nathan Lyon and Steve O’Keefe selecting up a mixed seven wickets.

The Australians, nonetheless, have former Indian cricketer and now guide with Australia Sridharan Sriram to assist them on the spin entrance, and Sriram introduced alongside two Indian spinners – Pardeep Sahu and KK Jiyas – to assist Australia practice. Whereas they could not have the profile of Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah – each are uncapped at nationwide degree – they seemingly supplied worthwhile practise to the Australian gamers as they ready for the Take a look at collection in Dubai.

Australia seem to know the worth of spinners within the UAE, having introduced alongside a sizeable contingent of sluggish bowlers. Together with Nathan Lyon, left-armers Ashton Agar and Jon Holland are additionally a part of the squad, and allrounder-legspinner Marnus Labuschagne can be a part of the aspect. Travis Head may additionally function a part-time spin possibility.

Pakistan A squad: Sami Aslam, Abid Ali, Iftokhar Ahmed, Asad Shafiq (capt), Usman Saluahuddin, Saad Ali, Agha Salman, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Waqas Maqsood, Aamer Yamin, Umaid Asif, Saud Shakeel