Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf in Pakistan squad for first Bangladesh Test

Ross Houston
February 5, 2020

The paceman was named in the squad for the two-Test series in India in November but did not play in either of the Tests because of his poor form, an ICC statement said.

Bangladesh are caused by leave for Pakistan on Tuesday when it comes to very first Test planned for February 7-11. Though it will be the two-match Test series, they will play the second and final game of this series at National Stadium (Karachi) from 5th April.

"The reason to induct Bilal Asif is due to the number of left-handers [in the Bangladesh squad]", said Misbah. While they have played 10 Tests till the date, Pakistan have won nine matches, and one had ended in a draw.

Pakistan has recalled all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and off-spinner Bilal Asif for next week's ICC World Test Championship match against Bangladesh at Rawalpindi. "Now we have different opponent, but still we haven't made lot of changes". The Pakistan team will depart for Rawalpindi on February 3, where they will fine-tune their final preparations from February 4. Faheem took five wickets in the final and gives you cushion to score runs too, but we consider him as a bowler.

Misbah rued the lengthy gap between the two Tests and said that it could disrupt the "rhythm" of the players.

After the conclusion of the three-match T20I series in last week between the hosts Pakistan and the visitors Bangladesh, now both teams are getting ready for the Rawalpindi Test. Subsequently, Bangladesh will return in March to play a solitary ODI and the second test. The third and final leg of the tour includes a one-day global and the second and final Test match in Karachi.

"Following our convincing victory in Karachi, I don't envisage any major changes in the playing line-up but we have tried to cover all our bases just in case the wicket has any surprises for us". Both Tests will be part of the ICC Test Championship, where Pakistan are now placed fourth, with 80 points from four games.

As far as Rahman's Test career is concerned, it was off to a decent start, as since 2015, he has claimed 28 wickets in 21 innings, at an average of 35.2, with his best innings figures of 4/37. "This is what our aspiration is and that's what are aiming and striving for", Misbah concluded.

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