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National selectors call up 19 probables for camp ahead of Rawalpindi Test
Bangladesh tour of Pakistan 2020

National selectors call up 19 probables for camp ahead of Rawalpindi Test

Ahead of Pakistan's first Test match of the two-Test series against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi starting from February 7, the national selection committee chaired by Misbah-ul-Haq - the incumbent chief selector - has decided to invite 19 players for the training camp at the National Cricket Academy Lahore.

The camp will be up and running from today and will mark the preparations for the all-important ICC World Test Championship fixture against Bangladesh.

Players invited for the camp:

Azhar Ali (captain) (Central Punjab)

Abid Ali (Sindh)

Asad Shafiq (Sindh)

Babar Azam (Central Punjab)

Bilal Asif (Central Punjab)

Fawad Alam (Sindh)

Faheem Ashraf (Central Punjab)

Haris Sohail (Balochistan)

Imam-ul-Haq (Balochistan)

Imran Khan Snr (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)

Kashif Bhatti (Sindh)

Mohammad Abbas (Southern Punjab)

Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper) (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)

Musa Khan (Northern)

Naseem Shah (Central Punjab)

Shaheen Shah Afridi (Northern)

Shan Masood (Southern Punjab)

Yasir Shah (Balochistan)

Usman Shinwari (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)

T20 captain, Babar Azam, wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan and paceman Shaheen Afridi are not going to participate in the camp owing to preparation for the three T20Is match series against Bangladesh starting from January 24. 

The trio will join the Test match training camp after the conclusion of limited-overs series on January 28.

The off-spinner Bilal Asif and Faheem Ashraf have been called back to the probables list and are part of the future plans of selection committee after their impressive performances in the recently concluded Quaid-Azam-Trophy (QeA).

Bilal picked up 42 scalps in the premier domestic competition while Central Punjab's main strike force Faheem, upon regaining fitness, bagged five for 54 and one for 59 in the final match of QeA Trophy against Northern.

Moreover, Musa Khan was not officially part of the Test squad against Sri Lanka but he remained with the team following Australia series and has now been included in the list of players who are likely to make the cut for Bangladesh Tests.

The squad for the Rawalpindi Test will be announced after the T20 series.