Pakistan Cricket Board scheduled intra-squad practice games before the start of Test series against England.
PCB Greens and PCB Whites captained by Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed respectively are playing each other for the four-day practice match in Derby.
In the first innings, fast-bowler Sohail Khan dismantled the strong batting line-up of PCB Greens comprising of batsmen like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam.
The terrific performance by Sohail Khan is absolutely making his case selection case strong for the Manchester Test. The magnificent bowling figures of 5/37 by Sohail Khan became the highlight of the first innings.
So that’s it? One of the emerging stars from Shaheen Khan Afridi and Naseem Shah to sit out to empty the spot for the senior fast-bowler?
Easy-peasy decision for the selectors?
The fast-bowling troops of Pakistan Cricket Team have made sure to give some hard time to the management!
In the second innings, PCB Whites came to out bat against the future of Pakistan Cricket Team’s fast-bowling, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Khan Afridi.
Less pressure, trail of only 113 runs and the aim of taking over the opposition completely, PCB Whites built an opening partnership of 41 runs to form a strong foundation.
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Now the middle-order of experienced First-Class cricket marvels, Iftikhar Ahmed, Fawad Alam and Sarfraz Ahmed to end the story of this game by posting humongous total on the board?
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Lower-order of Fahim Ashraf and Kashif Bhatti to enjoy batting practice hitting some huge strokes?
No way! Naseem Shah and Shaheen Khan Afridi along with the contributions from Mohammad Abbas and Yasir Shah destructed the batting line-up of PCB Whites spectacularly.
Both Shaheen and Naseem took 7 wickets together to assist PCB Whites in dismissing PCB Greens on 198 runs in the 2nd innings.
Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah ended with the impressive bowling figures of 3/49 and 4/52 respectively.
Fast bowler Mohammad Abbas, part-timer Shan Masood and leg-spinner Yasir Shah took one wicket each against PCB Greens.
The Pakistan Cricket Team’s management would face major problems regarding the selection of the bowling attack for the Manchester Test.
Three seamers Abbas, Naseem and Shaheen to play in the first Test? Then what about the top performer of the practice game Sohail Khan?
Sohail Khan to play as the fourth fast bowler? But how could you leave the brilliantly performing Yasir Shah?
Questions are many! the competition is fierce. the ball is in the court of the management.
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