Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2020: Test Tour Preview, Schedule and Squad News
Pakistan and Bangladesh will now go head-to-head in a two-match Test series.
It will see the teams play one Test in Rawalpindi in February and another Karachi in April. A one-off ODI clash will be contested in-between.
Home side Pakistan go into the series on the back of a recent 2-0 T20I series success over the Tigers.
They will be looking to continue that dominance over the longer format of the game.
The last time they played Test match cricket they bagged a series win against Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh will be keen to hit back after the T20 losses. The last time they were in Test action saw them defeated in two games against India at the end of 2019.
Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2020 – Test Schedule
The teams will play just two Test matches and they will be three months apart. There will be a one-off ODI clash in-between.
1st Test: Friday 7th February 2020
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Start time: 10:30 (IST) and 05:00 (GMT)
2nd Test: Sunday 5th April 2020
Venue: National Stadium, Karachi
Start time: 14:30 (IST) and 09:00 (GMT)
Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2020 – Test Squads
Pakistan have recalled all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and off-spinner Bilal Asif into the Test Squad.
Ashraf had been hit with injury after the home series against Sri Lanka in December.
Asif’s last appearance dates back to December 2018 against New Zealand.
The duo gets a recall after notable showings in the Qaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan’s domestic first-class competition.
Making way for them in the 16-man squad are left-arm spinner Kashif Bhatti and medium-pacer Usman Shinwari.
Bangladesh have brought back Tamim Iqbal while Soumya Sarkar is named in place of Imrul Kayes.
Batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto is chosen ahead of Shadman Islam. There is also no place for all-rounders Mossadek Hossain and Mehidy.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim has also opted to pull out of the tour over security concerns. That means that Liton Das is likely to take the gloves.
Pakistan vs Bangladesh Squad Lists
|Azhar Ali (c)
||Mominul Haque (c)
||Najmul Hossain Shanto
Pakistan vs Bangladesh 2020 – Preview, Latest Odds and Predictions
Pakistan will be keen to follow up their T20I win with a Test success over Bangladesh.
The home side are made 1.33 (1/3) favourites with bet365 to claim the overall series win.
Bangladesh can be backed at 12.00 (11/1) to cause an upset. The draw is available at 4.33 (10/3).
While Bangladesh are likely to battle hard, it is going to be tough for them to trouble the home side. They showed their Test form against Sri Lanka and backed that up in the T20Is.
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