Shaheen Afridi named vice-captain for Australia Test series

Shaheen Afridi named vice-captain for Australia Test series. Shaheen has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs, and 52 T20Is for Pakistan, taking 105, 104, and 64 wickets, respectively.

In a strategic move, Pakistan’s star fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi selected vice-captain of the Test squad for the next series against Australia. Which is part of the World Test Championship (WTC) cycle 2023-25. Pakistan play three Test matches during the visit, the first of which will play from December 14 to 18 at Perth’s Optus Stadium. The tour began on December 6 in Canberra with a match between Pakistan and the Prime Minister’s XI.

Shaheen has played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs, and 52 T20Is for Pakistan, taking 105, 104, and 64 wickets, respectively. Previously, the 23-year-old was named Pakistan’s T20 skipper after Babar Azam resign down as captain in all forms of the game following a poor performance in the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India. Shan Masood, who was just chosen Pakistan captain in the longest format of the game, will be his deputy.

The left-arm fast bowler, known for his devastating pace and swing. An important member of Pakistan’s side in all formats of the game. In the next series, the youngster’s experience will offer vital depth to Pakistan’s leadership structure.

Furthermore, Pakistan is coming with high aspirations, as they currently lead the WTC 2023-25 points table following a series victory against Sri Lanka in July of this year. The forthcoming series will be the reigning world Test champions’ second of this WTC cycle. They are returning from winning the Ashes series.

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Here are the playing XI for AUS vs PAK 1st Test:

Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith. Travis Head, Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

Pakistan XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique, Shan Masood (C), Babar Azam. Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Aamer Jamal, Khurram Shahzad.

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