Months back Pakistan cricket team were on the top of the ICC test ranking and now after several months have passed, Pakistan’s Tests side is in some serious trouble as they have fell quite low at team ranking.
The Test mace presentation ceremony at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore made Pakistan cricket fans delighted but now the things are quite different as Pakistan is on the 5th rank in Tests, and is not that far to the 7th position as their is only 1 point difference between them.
It would be pertinent to mention here that both, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have the same points 96, but with the difference in Net run rate, NZ enjoys the sixth position.
Pakistan is on the 5th position with 95 points.
Pakistan suffered such a mighty blow as they lost Test matches consecutively. Earlier, New Zealand did 2-0 whitewash at their home crowd and than Aussies hunted them 3-0 at their place.
Even before the New Zealand and Australia tour, former Pakistani cricketer predicted that it won’t be the roses of bed for Green Shirts and very similar to that happened as Pakistan failed under both the conditions.
Chief Selector Mr. Inzamam ul Haq has finally announced 16-men Test squad for New Zealand tour 2016-17 The squad has been finalized by Chief Selector Mr. Inzamam ul Haq and the National Selection Committee after consultations with the team Head Coach and the Test captain.
Pakistan will be playing Two Test matches in this series, 1st Test will be played on November 17-21, 2016 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch and second Test will be played from November 25 to 29, 2016 at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
“The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in New Zealand and the recent performances of players in the recent Test series against England and West Indies. The team is a fine blend of experience and youth, and the selectors have stick to the same combination of players selected against England and West Indies series earlier and believe that team will do well in the tour”, said chief selector Inzamam ul Haq.
Pakistan Test Team Squad for New Zealand tour 2016-17
1) Misbah Ul Haq
2) Azhar Ali
3) Sami Aslam
4) Sharjeel Khan
5) Younis Khan
6) Asad Shafiq
7) Babar Azam
8) Sarfaraz Ahmed
9) Mohammad Rizwan
10) Yasir Shah
11) Mohammad Nawaz
12) Mohammad Amir
13) Wahab Riaz
14) Rahat Ali
15) Sohail Khan
16) Imran Khan Sr.