Pakistan freshen up squad for Australia tour in wake of Sarfraz's sacking

Meanwhile the court has asked the PCB to explain the matter

Meanwhile the court has asked the PCB to explain the matter

Cricket coach and chief selector of the Pakistan national cricket team Misbah-ul-Haq on Monday officially announced the names of team players who will perform in the upcoming tour to Australia in three T20 worldwide and two Test matches. "We have a strong batting line that we expect to perform in the two Tests", Misbah said. Azhar Ali has been appointed as the Test captain while Babar Azam will be leading the team in the T20Is.

The exit from T20Is means curtains for Shoaib Malik who had already announced retirement from Tests and ODIs.

Hafeez was part of Pakistan's Twenty20 squad in South Africa earlier this year but was not played. At 39, he has little hope of competing in worldwide cricket again.

Chief selector Misbah, who is also the head coach of the Pakistani team, said he wishes to play "aggressive, attacking cricket".

Pakistan are to play three T20Is and two Tests in the Land Down Under.

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Pakistan's first series as part of the inaugural World Test Championship will be in Australia, where Pakistan will play in Brisbane (Nov. 21-25), followed by a day-night test in Adelaide (Nov. 29-Dec. 3). "There is a need to play a different type of cricket, the balance of the squads is reflective of us having options to play aggressive, attacking cricket". "We have some exciting youngsters in the pace squad who could be surprise packages".

"Yes it's a courageous and bold decision to select the likes of Musa and Naseem, but we know that their fresh and attacking approach will give us something different".

Pakistan have included uncapped teenage pacers Musa Khan and Naseem Shah for the upcoming tour of Australia in a Test lineup that's undergone plenty of changes, looking to bring about a "different brand of cricket" under new captain Azhar Ali. Prolific leg-spinner Yasir Shah will be assisted by 33-year-old left-arm spinner Kashif Bhatti in Tests.

There were new faces in Pakistan's 16-member T20I squad, too, with the likes of power hitter Khushdil Shah and Perth Scorchers leg-spinner Usman Qadir, the son of late Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir. The former Pakistan captain also said that he has discussed Pakistan's future plan of action in detail with Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani and Managing Director Wasim Khan. 37-year-old Mohammad Irfan also makes a comeback into the Pakistan national team after 2013.

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