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Iftikhar, Mohammad Wasim Jr roped in for Rawalpindi Test

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Pakistan have called up middle-order batter Iftikhar Ahmed and fast bowler Mohammad Wasim Jr for the upcoming three-match Test series opener against Australia, starting March 4. Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali were ruled out of the Rawalpindi game due to injuries.

Both Iftikhar and Wasim will have to undergo three-day isolation at the team hotel upon reaching Islamabad on Sunday night before linking up with the rest of the squad after clearing their respective COVID-19 tests.

Faheem and Hasan, meanwhile, are expected to regain full match fitness ahead of the second Test - starting March 12 in Karachi - and will rejoin the squad in the coming week after completing their mandatory three-day isolation.

Updated squad: Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (VC), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, and Zahid Mahmood

4-8 March - 1st Test, Rawalpindi

12-16 March - 2nd Test, Karachi

21-25 March - 3rd Test, Lahore

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