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Fast-bowler Hasan Ali and prolific run-scorer Kamran Ghulam were included in the Pakistan squad on Wednesday for the Test series against New Zealand starting next week. The changes come after Pakistan suffered a first-ever 3-0 home Test whitewash at the hands of England in a series that ended on Tuesday. The Pakistan Cricket Board named a 16-man squad for the two-match series against New Zealand, with the first Test in Karachi from December 26 and the second in Multan from January 3. They will also play three one-day internationals — all in Karachi — on January 10, 12 and 14.
Hasan, 28, played the last of his 21 Tests in July against Sri Lanka before fitness issues and a lack of form sidelined him.
Ghulam, meanwhile, a right-handed batter and a left-arm spinner, has the national record of most runs in a season — 1,249 in 2020-21. All-rounder Faheem Ashraf has been dropped after a poor show in the Tests against England, while Haris Rauf misses the series through injury.
Test squad: Babar Azam (captain), Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood, Zahid Mehmood
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