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Pakistan captain Babar Azam reportedly wanted spinner Yasir Shah to be included in the Test squad for the tour of South Africa and Zimbabwe, but his suggestion was ignored by the national selectors.
The decision to omit Yasir has created some friction between Azam and the selectors as the star batsman wants to have a say in who gets selected.
Yasir was part of the Test team for the home series against South Africa, where he took eight wickets at an average of 30.37.
Chief selector Mohammad Wasim said Yasir was not selected since he is recovering from a left knee injury, but the 34-year-old said he would have been fit for the Test series against Zimbabwe.
He also claimed that he wasn’t told by Wasim that he was going to be left out of the Pakistan team.
Babar Azam was in favour of Yasir Shah's selection in the Test squad for the Zimbabwe series but he was ignored by the selectors #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) March 14, 2021
Pakistan will play three ODIs and four T20 Internationals against South Africa before heading to Zimbabwe for two Tests and three T20 Internationals.
Pakistan will depart for South Africa on March 26 and the tour will commence on April 2 and conclude on April 16. The ODI series will be played first.
The men in green will then head to Zimbabwe on April 17, but the dates for the matches have yet to be confirmed.
However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) noted that the national team will travel back to Lahore from Bulawayo on May 12.
Pakistan’s Test Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Tabish Khan, Hasan Ali, Shahnawaz Dhani, Nauman Ali, Zahid Mahmood, Sajid Khan.
Pakistan’s ODI Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali.
Pakistan’s T20 Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal.