Pakistan selectors will have no surprises in store when they announce the Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in the next 48 hours, apart from recalling talented opener Ahmed Shehzad.
The selection committee has decided to recall opener Shehzad to the Test side after he was dropped from the longer version as well as the ODIs in Bangladesh post the World Cup on disciplinary grounds.
Chief selector Haroon Rasheed said that Shehzad had been one of Pakistan's best batsmen in 2014 in Tests and his last innings in the longer version was a big hundred. "He is clear for selection and as far as other issues like discipline is concerned that is for the board and team management to deal with," he said.
Head coach Waqar Younis and captain Misbah-u-Haq had both suggested to the cricket board after the World Cup to drop Shehzad and Umar Akmal and make them play domestic cricket for a year as both of them needed to improve their cricket discipline and attitude in general.
Rasheed said the selectors had been discussing the possible test squad in the last few days and were waiting on fitness reports of pace bowlers Rahat Ali and Ehsan Adil. "We are waiting for their reports although the medical panel says they have improved after their fitness issues on the Bangladesh tour," the former Test batsman said.
Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is unlikely to get called up for the three-test series in June after he failed to impress on his comeback in Bangladesh after changing his bowling action. The selectors ignored Saeed for the limited-overs series against Zimbabwe that ended on Sunday.
Rasheed also made it clear that young promising players like left-arm spinner, Muhammad Asghar, leg spinner Osama Mir, and allrounder Bilal Asif would be considered later on for either the one-day or T20 matches in Sri Lanka.