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Pakistan cricket team training with their national flag. Credits: PCB

Bangladesh are scheduled to host T20 World Cup semi-finalists Pakistan in a three-match T20I series starting on November 19 in Dhaka. 

Pakistan team have reached Bangladesh and started their training camp for the upcoming T20I series against their neighbours.

Pakistan’s interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq carried the national flag during the training session of Pakistan on Tuesday. 

Pakistan cricket team training. Credits: PCB

This trend of carrying the national flag to training was started by Mushtaq in the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE. The reason is to boost the morale of the players. 

Bangladesh fans expressed displeasure on seeing Pakistan national flag in training

Pakistan Cricket Board’s official Twitter handle shared the images of the same, which didn’t seem to go well with the Bangladesh fans. 

“Different countries have come to #Bangladesh innumerable times, many matches have been played by practicing. But neither party needed to practice burying their national flag on the ground. But why did #Pakistan do that…What does it indicate,” one user wrote in the comment section.

“Shameful to carry flag on practice sessions!!,” another user commented.

Imam-ul-Haq, Yasir Shah return to Test squad against Bangladesh

Pakistan national selectors on Monday had announced the squad for the two Tests against Bangladesh, which will be played soon after the T20I series with the first Test to be played in Chittagong (November 26-30) followed by the second match in Dhaka (December 4-8).

Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq, who was not part of the T20 World Cup squad, is back for the Test series alongside off-spinner Bilal Asif and leg-spinner Yasir Shah.

Imam-ul-Haq. Credits: Twitter

Imam last played a Test match against Australia in December 2019 in Perth, he was brought back to the side based on his stellar contribution in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, in which he has aggregated 488 runs in five innings of four matches, including an unbeaten double-century. 

26-year-old Kamran Ghulam received his maiden call for international cricket as he was named in the 20-member squad led by Babar Azam.

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