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Left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir has been omitted from Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming two-Test series against Australia, which gets underway on October 7 in Dubai.
Amir has only missed one Test since making his international comeback in 2016, but his horrendous run of form with the ball in ODI cricket is likely the reason why he has lost his place in the Test side.
Amir has only taken three wickets in 10 ODIs this year at an average of 100.66, but in the three Tests he has played in 2018, he has claimed 12 wickets at an average of 18.41.
However, the 26-year-old, who went wicketless in the recently-concluded Asia Cup, has struggled in the longest format in the United Arab Emirates as he has picked up seven wickets at an average of 56.42.
Meanwhile, opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, who failed to impress during the Asia Cup, but had been in superb form prior to that, could make his Test debut during the series against Australia. Zaman has been included in the squad alongside fellow openers Imam-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali.
Haris Sohail kept hold of his spot, while batsman Usman Salahuddin, who made his Test debut against England in June, also made the cut.
Interestingly, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan has been included in the squad, which will put added pressure on captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who was heavily criticised for his style of captaincy during the Asia Cup. He has also been lambasted for his failures with the bat this year.
Left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz is back in the side after being overlooked for Pakistan’s tours of Ireland and England.
However, there was once again no place in the side for veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez.
That was not the same case for uncapped left-arm seamer Mir Hamza, who has taken 278 wickets in 56 first-class matches at an average of 17.74.
Pakistan’s Test Squad: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan