February 20, 2024


ISLAMABAD: Seasoned Pakistani cricketer Sarfaraz Ahmed has pinned his hopes on Pakistani batters for the upcoming three-match Check collection in opposition to Australia. 


Pakistan will play the primary Check in opposition to Australia in Perth on December 14, earlier than the normal Boxing Day Check on the Melbourne Cricket Floor. The third Check can be performed in Sydney and start on January 3. 


Sarfaraz mentioned on Monday he was able to face the challenges, based on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). 


“Australia boasts good batters, however we are not any much less,” the previous Pakistan captain mentioned. “With Abdullah, Babar, Imam, Saud, and Agha in our ranks, we’re well-equipped for the problem.” 


Sarfaraz additionally praised the standard bowling lineup. 


“Shaheen and Hasan are distinctive, and we now have the likes of Mir Hamza, Khurram Shehzad, and Fahim, who’ve confirmed their mettle in home competitions,” the wicketkeeper-batsman mentioned. 


Forward of the Check collection, Pakistan will play Prime Minister’s XI on December 6 at Manuka Oval. 


Sarfaraz mentioned he was impressed by West Indian Chris Gayle 200-run innings at Manuka Oval and the Pakistan facet was bracing for the warm-up match. 


“I bear in mind watching Chris Gayle’s unbelievable innings of 200 runs in opposition to Zimbabwe at Manuka Oval. Now, as we brace ourselves for a four-day conflict in Canberra in opposition to Australia, the climate appears to be good,” he mentioned. 


“This match holds an immense significance because it kickstarts the three-match Check collection in opposition to the formidable Australian crew.” 


PAKISTAN SQUAD


Shan Masood (captain), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jr., Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel and Shaheen Shah Afridi