Shadab Khan included in Pakistan Test squad for West Indies

Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan has been included in Pakistan's Test squad against West Indies (Image Credit: PSL)

The young leg spin sensation Shadab Khan has been named in the Pakistan’s Test squad for the forthcoming three-match series against West Indies, starting April 21 in Kingston.

Shadab made a dream start to his international career by collecting the Man of the Match honors in his debut T20 match, picking up figures of 3 for 7 as he single-handedly dismantled West Indies batting line-up. Later, the 18-year-old repeated his performance in the second T20, collecting 4 for 14 to earn his second Man of the Match award in as many matches. He ended the four-match series with 10 wickets to his name.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) head coach Mushtaq Ahmed suggested playing Shadab alongside Yasir Shah.

“I think the focus of selection committee and all of us is that why can’t two legspinners play in one match?” Mushtaq had said. “If they have different variations and both could become match-winners, then why not? Two legspinners against a western team will have a positive impact, especially in one-day cricket if we have a legspin option in the middle overs who could take wickets.

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“Like I started my career with Qadir, then Iqbal Sikander and myself played together in the [1992] World Cup, then Shahid Afridi and Danish Kaneria played together.

“Shadab has good variations, but 50 overs and five-day formats are totally different. I think he has all the variations. He had a lot of communication with Yasir also during the [pre-tour conditioning] camp [last month]. He’s a good listener and has a good temperament and if he stays with Yasir he will improve more”

Misbah-ul-Haq has been retained as captain, while four other uncapped players — excluding Shadab Khan — are also made part of the squad. These players are  Usman Salahuddin, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Asghar.

“The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in West Indies and the recent performances of players during the domestic and international season,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said. “The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and believe that team will do well in the tour.”

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