Shahzad dropped, Wahab back in squad for Test series against SL

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Wahab Riaz has been added back to the team for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq announced as he revealed the squad for the upcoming series in a press conference on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Shahzad and Mohammad Rizwan have been dropped from the team.

Inzamam announced a 16-member squad for the two-Test series that starts on Sept 28.

Pakistan team: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz

Explaining Yasir Shah and Azhar Ali’s selection, who previously suffered fitness problems, Inzamam said that both had cleared the fitness test.

“We told Yasir that he will not be selected if he does not clear the fitness test,” he said. “Even though no bowler has been as successful as Yasir in the Test format, but we had to uphold the standards that were set.

“Azhar has a cyst in his knee but after taking injections that were prescribed by the doctors, he is fine and can play now.”

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