Yasir Shah and Abrar Ahmad: Which Pakistani Test Series Player Should Pakistan Choose?

Yasir Shah and Abrar Ahmad: Which Pakistani Test Series Player Should Pakistan Choose?

England is set to host Pakistan for a three-match Test series that will begin on December 1, at the National Stadium Karachi. This will be the first red-ball match between England and Pakistan in 17 years. Babar XI is very excited about this series. It is part of the ICC World Test Championship. If they perform well, this series can also lead them to the final.

Babar Azam, the all-format captain will be closely watching the selection of spinners. Particularly leg-break bowlers, the wrist spinners will have the most impact in home conditions.Two options for Pakistan’s leg-break bowling are currently available: the young Abrar Ahmad and the more experienced Yasir Shah. Abrar has been praised for his exceptional performance on the domestic circuit

Yasir is widely regarded as one the most skilled leg-spinners on the pla es at an averaging of 32.55 and a best of 10/144 in a match.His performance net. He led Pakistan to victory in the Lord’s test in 2016, when he scored a 10 wicket haul.His statistics against England strengthen his case to be included in the playing 11. The 36-year old has taken 45 wickets in eight Test match

at home was disappointing as he has only played four matches in Pakistan, taking 14 wickets on an average of 36.50 and besting 4/58.Yasir Shah’s 2022 performance is also not very impressive. He has played two Tests and has taken nine wickets. His performance in the Quaide-Azam Trophy 2022/23 has been less impressive as he took 14 wickets in six matches.

Tournament/Series

Matches

Wicket

Average

Getlike

Against England

9

45

32.55

Pakistan

4

14

36.50

In 2022

2

9

39.00

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 20,22

6

14

40.21

Abrar Ahmed is, however, a strong candidate for the playing eleven in Test series against England because of his exceptional performance in red-ball and white-ball cricket this season.

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Abrar is also currently the top wicket taker in the Quaid-e Azam Trophy 2022/23. He has taken 43 wickets in six matches, an average of 21.41. He has been a 5-fer and a 10-wicket catcher.

Tournament

Matches

Wickets

Average

Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 22/23

6

43

21.41

National T20 Cup

8

10

22.80

Kashmir Premier League

5

7

16.14

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While the National T20 Cup or Kashmir Premier League are not criteria for judging a bowler’s ability in the longer format, Abrar has taken his form from these events and is now taking on opposition batters in Quaid-et-Azam Trophy.

 

Although it would be difficult for the selectors to decide, Abrar appears set to make his Test debut in this series, which starts on December 1.

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