Australia and Pakistan will take the field tomorrow in the final Test of the three-match series. The host team has already won the series by winning the first two matches. But they are not giving any chance in Sydney Test. They did not make any changes in the team for the first two Tests.
Because this Test is a special match for the hosts. David Warner is going to end his 13-year Test career with the Sydney Test. Meanwhile, in the last Test of the series, Pakistan did not keep opener Imam-ul-Haq and main pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi in their eleven.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced their eleven a day before the start of the Test. Today, Pakistan announced the XI for the Sydney Test on social media X (formerly Twitter). Two have lost places from the Melbourne Test.
Inzam-ul-Haq was forced to step down from the post of Pakistan’s chief selector midway through the World Cup. Allegations were made against the former captain that he has a stake in the agency where most of the cricketers who got a chance in the World Cup are customers. After resigning, PCB did not investigate this further.
But with Inzamam’s departure, his nephew Imam-ul-Haq lost his place in the Pakistan XI midway through the World Cup. Fakhar Zaman, who got a chance to replace him, scored a great century and gave the team an incredible victory.
However, after the World Cup, Imam was again seen in the Test team due to the change of edition. But questions have been raised about Imam’s technique in both Tests. Some former cricketers have also raised the question why he is getting a place in the team as he has no shot.
Imam was dropped in the third Test of the series. Sayem Ayyub got a place instead of Imam. On the other hand, off-spinner Sajid Khan has taken the place of pacer Afridi. Left-handed opener Sayem Ayyub had a great performance in domestic cricket.
Sayem scored 553 runs in 8 innings in 4 matches for Pakistan in this season’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, with 3 centuries, including a 203-run innings.
Meanwhile, Shaheen Afridi is not in the third test despite getting eight wickets in the two tests. The Pakistan Cricket Board said he has been rested for the Sydney Test.
Pakistan XI for Sydney Test: Abdullah Shafiq, Sayem Ayyub, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan, Salman Ali Agha, Hasan Ali, Amir Jamal, Mir Hamza and Sajid Khan.