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Hasan says team will not speak Urdu in front of Aussie batter Usman Khawaja

Recalls instance when Khawaja leaked Green Shirts’ strategies to the Aussies
Pakistani bowler Hasan Ali (C) celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand batsman Trent Boult (L) during the third day of the first Test cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand.(AFP)
Pakistani bowler Hasan Ali (C) celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand batsman Trent Boult (L) during the third day of the first Test cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand.(AFP)

Pakistan’s fast bowler Hasan Ali said that the team will try to not speak Urdu in front of Australian batter Usman Khawaja as he had leaked the Green Shirts’ strategies to the Aussie team in the past.

The Pakistan team arrived in Sydney on Friday and swiftly proceeded to Canberra. The team’s training sessions are set to commence at 10am local time on December 3.

The Test series between Pakistan and Australia is set to begin on December 14 at Perth Stadium where the first Test will be played.

The pace bowler said that Khawaja, who was born in Pakistan, leaked the Pakistan team’s strategy to the Aussies during a previous series between the two teams.

“Usman bhai is familiar with Urdu,” he told Cricket Australia in an interview.

“After he leaked our strategies to the Australia cricket team in Karachi, we’ve become more cautious. We’ll ensure not to discuss plans in Urdu in front of him to keep our strategies confidential. We’ll move a bit farther away from him to strategise for the game,” he added.

Before facing the Aussies in the first Test, Pakistan is set to play a four-day fixture against Prime Minister’s XI on December 6 at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

Pakistan squad for Australia Tests is led by Shan Masood and includes Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

The second Test between the two teams will be held from December 26 to 30 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

The third Test will be played from January 3 to 7, 2024 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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