Pakistan has dropped out-of-sorts pace bowler Mohammad Amir from its 17-man squad for next month’s two-Test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates, with left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz earning a recall.
Amir returned to international cricket two years ago and has established himself as a spearhead for its attack, playing in all but one of Pakistan’s 20 Tests in that period. The 26-year-old, however, failed to take a wicket in three Asia Cup matches this month and was dropped in Pakistan’s two other contests at the six-team one-day international tournament in the UAE.
Amir’s poor form and his inability to swing the ball on the slow and spin-friendly pitches in the UAE would have likely convinced selectors to seek pace alternatives, where similar conditions during the Test series are expected. Riaz is more likely to be able to put pressure on Australia with his reverse swing.Sarfraz Ahmed will be backed up by Mohammad Rizwan, who played his sole test against New Zealand in Hamilton.
Squad: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Sarfraz Ahmed (C), Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan.