Sarfaraz to make international return against Bangladesh
Sarfaraz Ahmed, the former Pakistan skipper, is all set to make his international return against Bangladesh during the three-match T20I series. The T20I series will be held in Lahore from January 24 to 27.
Sarfaraz has been out of the Pakistan national side since he was taken down from the role of Test and T20 captain. He was dropped for the tour of Australia, and also the Test series in Sri Lanka, which turned out to be the return of Test cricket in Pakistan after 10 years.
Though away from the international circuit, Sarfaraz utilized the time on his fitness, and the result of it was evident during the recent fitness tests held at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. Sarfaraz fared a lot better in comparison to his previous fitness tests.
In the mean time, left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi is also likely to be a part of the upcoming series, as he seems to be fit now after recovering from an injury.
The upcoming series against Bangladesh might see a new face as well, in the form of Haris Rauf. After having an incredible campaign in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL), it is just a matter of time before the uncapped pace bowler makes his international debut.
Rauf, currently playing for the Melbourne Stars, is the second leading wicket-taker in the tournament. He has so far 16 wickets to his credit in just seven matches, with an average of 11.56 alongside his economy rate of 6.89.
Left-arm pace bowler Mohammad Irfan and batsmen Haris Sohail and Asif Ali will sit out for the series, according to reports in Pakistani media.
In an unprecedented move, Bangladesh’s series against Pakistan will be split over three separate tours, with the T20Is being the first leg. The Tigers will once again land in Pakistan for the one Test in Rawalpindi from February 7 to 11.
At the end of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Bangladesh will travel to Pakistan once again, and play a one-off ODI in Karachi on April 3, which will be followed by the second Test at the same venue from April 5 to 9.