LAHORE - Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz has been ruled out of next month’s three-Test home series against Australia due to a foot injury and will not be replaced in the squad, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Wednesday.

Australia will play in Pakistan for the first time in almost 25 years, with the opening test to be held in Rawalpindi from March 4. The second Test will be played in Karachi from March 12 followed by the final test in Lahore from March 21. The two sides are also scheduled to play three one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match.

The PCB said that bowler Naseem Shah and wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed have been added to the Test squad as travelling reserves and will only be considered for selection if there is an injury. Muhammad Haris has been added to the reserve players list. However, he, along with Kamran Ghulam, Muhammad Abbas and Yasir Shah have been advised to participate in the Pakistan Cup, which commences on 2 March. If required, they will be drafted into the side

The Test players, who attended a training camp in Karachi and those not involved in HBL PSL 2022 playoffs, will arrive in Islamabad later tonight. After observing a three-day room isolation, they will hold a training session on 27 February. The Test players involved in the HBL PSL 2022 playoffs will travel to Islamabad in a bubble on 28 February and will participate in a training session on 1 March. Australia are the top-ranked Test team, while Pakistan are sixth in the world.

PAKISTAN’S 15-PLAYER TEST SQUAD: Babar Azam (capt), Muhammad Rizwan (vc), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood and Zahid Mahmood.

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