Fast bowler Hasan Ali has returned to the squad while batter Kamran Ghulam has also been included in the Test squad for the home series against New Zealand.
According to a statement issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Mohammad Ali and Faheem Ashraf are not part of the 16-member Test squad. Haris Rauf also could not fully recover from the injury so he was also not included.
Fast bowler Naseem Shah who had missed the Multan and Karachi Tests against England has returned to the Test squad.
Pakistan Test squad includes,
Babar Azam (captain), Abdullah Shafiq, Abrar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain/wk), Mohammad Wasim Jr., Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Salman Agha, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood and Zahid Mahmood.
Two Test matches will be played between Pakistan and New Zealand. The first Test of the series will be played in Karachi on December 26 and the second test will be played in Multan on January 3.
The New Zealand Test squad for the tour of Pakistan flew under the leadership of Tim Southee. The New Zealand Test squad left Auckland for Karachi, which will reach Pakistan via Dubai.
The New Zealand cricket team is scheduled to arrive in Karachi tomorrow morning (Thursday).
In the second phase members of the Kiwi team will come to Pakistan for the ODI series. One-day matches are scheduled on January 10, 12 and 14 in Karachi. Kane Williamson is the captain of the ODI team.