National team arrives in UAE for Sri Lanka series

National team arrives in UAE for Sri Lanka series

"Usman Salahuddin and Haris Sohail have been part of the squad in the last two to three series so that we can play them when the seniors retire", Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said in Lahore.

Preparing for it: Pakistan players featured in a five-day training camp ahead of their departure to the UAE.

Spin-bowling all-rounder Bilal Asif and left-armer Mohammad Asghar are the other players in the squad yet to play in Tests along with fast-bowler Mir Hamza. Pakistan has long yearned for home cricket and we are hopeful that this yearning will end soon.

25-year-old Mir Hamza from Karachi, who has been named in the squad, has an impressive record of 216 wickets in 46 first-class matches which he has played during the last four years.

"Yasir Shah has been our best bowler over the recent years", he said.

Yasir's selection was under the cloud after the national selectors and head coach Mickey Arthur expressed concerns over his general fitness levels.

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"We told Yasir that he will not be selected if he does not clear the fitness test". "He's taken the test this morning and been passed fit".

"Azhar has a cyst in his knee but after taking injections that were prescribed by the doctors, he is fine and can play now", he added.

The two teams will also play five one-day internationals and three Twenty20s, the last of which will be in Lahore on October 29 - subject to security clearance. "He isn't experiencing any pain, so we're hoping he'll remain fit to play".

The first test of the two-match series will be played at Abu Dhabi from 28th September till 2nd October while the second and final game will be played at Dubai from October 6th till October 10th.

Sarfraz, leading the side in whites for the first time, has warned his charges that victory against Sri Lanka will not come easy for the team.

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