Faheem Ashraf is set to rejoin the Pakistan squad after clearing his rapid antigen test for Covid-19, less than 24 hours after he was found positive for the virus.
The all-rounder is now available for the second Test against at National Stadium in Karachi and will be part of the team drills today.
The 28-year-old had tested positive on his arrival at the team hotel in Karachi and was set to isolate for a period of five days as per the rules, meaning he would miss a second test match for the national side on the trot.
Faheem Ashraf also missed the first Test match in Rawalpindi due to a hamstring injury he picked up at the end of this year’s PSL but joined the side in the middle of the Test.
Pakistan will surely have more balance in their playing XI with the balling all-rounder capable of batting at No.7 and providing a handy support to their bowling attack.
Australia are visiting Pakistan for the first time in 24 years, having previously refused to tour over security fears. The second Test will start on March 12th in Karachi before the third Test takes place in Lahore from March 21st-25th.
The visitors will also play three one-day internationals and a single T20I in Rawalpindi from March 29th to April 5th.