the pcb said Afridi, after speaking to the captain Babar Azamadded beaters Mir Hamza and Shahnawaz Dahani and off spinner Sadjid Khan to the squad.
The board said the decision to add the three bowlers was made following a meeting of the interim selection committee, chaired by Afridi. Captain Babar Azam joined the meeting.
I am happy to announce that 3 more players Shahnawaz Dhani, Mir Hamza and Sajid Khan have been added to the squad… https://t.co/mJsXj75MDs
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) 1671900116000
Afridi said the selectors had a good discussion about the team and agreed that there was a need to strengthen the bowling department to give the team the best chance of taking virtually 20 wickets in a game.
“As such, and given recent form and performance, we have added fast bowlers Mir Hamza and Shahnawaz Dahani, and non-spinner Sajid Khan,” Adridi said.
“I am confident that the inclusion of three additional bowling resources will give Babar Azam more options to field the best team available for the first Test.”
While Hamza and Sajid played in Tests, Dahani represented Pakistan in white ball formats.
Earlier in the day, former captain Afridi was named interim head coach of the Pakistan men’s national team.
The interim selection committee included former players Abdul Razzaq, Rao Ifthikar Ahmed and Haroon Rasheed.
Both Afridi and Haroon are members of the PCB cricket management committee, headed by Najam Sethi, who has been appointed to run the game’s affairs in the country for the next four months.
Pakistani test team: Babar Azam (captain), Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Noman Ali, Sajid Khan, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shahnawaz Dahani, Shan Masood and Zahid Mehmood.