The limited-overs specialists have left the team and flown back home while red-ball only players have joined the squad after months away from the group.
Like it was the case in the T20I series, the Green Shirts have again added a bunch of names that may not have made the squad had it been a series against difficult opponents or if the series had not come so soon after a taxing T20 season.
Four players of their squad namely Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, Saud Shakeel, and Zahid Mahmood have never played a Test match while Bilal Asif and Sajid Khan have played five and two Tests respectively. It shows that this Pakistan squad has a lot of newcomers in it. The question is that will these guys get a chance as well or just carry water bottles, because that has happened in the recent past.
That said, no matter what version of the Pakistan squad gets picked, they will start as favourites against Bangladesh.
Pakistan last played a Test series in August and they drew 1-1 against the West Indies in the Caribbean.
Talking about Bangladesh, they see the return of three major players. Mushfiqur Rahim, who says he was dropped for the T20Is, is back and so is Liton Das, although Shakib Al Hasan has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.
That should add some spine to the Bangladesh batting which was absolutely woeful in the 3-0 T20I drubbing.
However, the biggest push for this Bangladesh side should not come from any players but from their ground staff, who must prepare a spin-friendly wicket for the home side.
Bangladesh last played a Test match back in July on their tour of Zimbabwe. They won the game convincingly but then it was only Zimbabwe.