"The Test team is in good shape after winning the last Test against Sri Lanka,” head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul Haq said on Saturday. "Now we have different opponent, but still we haven’t made lot of changes.”
Pakistan completed a crushing innings-and-44-run victory over Bangladesh on the fourth morning on Monday, taking a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series. Bangladesh were bowled
Pakistan's confidence is boosted by Bangladesh appearing vulnerable without Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan for the first Test starting on Friday.
The visitors chose to bat and reached 161-2 at tea on the first day, with skipper Azam batting on 60 alongside Azhar Ali, 36 not out, at the break. The duo put 91 runs in their unbroken third wicket stand after Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam removed both the openers in the morning session.
"We have lost eight of our last nine (completed) T20s and as the No.1-ranked side, this is unacceptable,” chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq said on Thursday while announcing the 15-man squad.
It is very sad to see Bangladesh cricket team struggling to leave an impact on an International level for a very long time. Despite having good players in their side, like Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mustafizur Rahman and Soumya
Sajid Khan ended with a match haul of 12-128 as Pakistan broke Bangladesh’s stubborn resistance to secure an innings and eight-run victory in the rain-hit second and final test on Wednesday. Bangladesh was forced to follow-on after being wrapped up for 87 in the first innings and was bowled out for 205.
Afif hit an unbeaten 93 off 115 balls while Mehidy added 81 not out, helping Bangladesh reach 219-6 in 48.5 overs, after Afghanistan left-arm pace bowler Fazalhaq Farooqi's opening-spell burst reduced the hosts to 18-4 inside five overs.
"Consider me retired in T20 Internationals from today. Thank you all," Tamim wrote in a Facebook post from Guyana. The prolific run-getter was adjudged 'Player of the series' for the sixth time in his ODI career.
In-form Iftikhar Ahmed has been included in place of Mohammad Hafeez as the national selection committee announced an 18-member Pakistan squad for the tour of Bangladesh where a three-match T20 series will be staged on Nov.19, 20 and 22 in Dhaka.