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Abbas, who made his debut last year, has 59 wickets from his first 10 Tests and will be backed by the spin duo of Yasir and Bilal Asif.
The former Test batsman suggested that the PCB can hand over the Test captaincy to any other senior player to allow Sarfraz to focus completely on the 50-over and T20 formats.
Sarfraz claimed Australia weren't ready for Abbas, who was also named man-of-the-series on Pakistan's trip to England earlier this year.
Azam was unbeaten on 90 for his seventh half-century while Sarfraz was 60 not out for his 16th fifty as they took Pakistan's lead to 487 with five wickets intact.
Fakhar and Sarfraz scored 94 each and helped Pakistan recover from 57-5 to a total of 282 after winning the toss and electing to bat on a slow turning pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Pakistan handed Test debuts to dashing opener Fakhar Zaman and 26-year-old left-arm paceman Mir Hamza, replacing the injured Imam-ul-Haq and out of form fast bowler Wahab Riaz.
Hafeez, a late inclusion in the squad after a double hundred in a domestic match, led the run-feast with a knock of 126 -- his 10th Test hundred.
Sarfraz admitted Pakistan's batsmen will also face challenge against Australia's veteran spinner Nathan Lyon who took 8-103 in the drawn tour game in Dubai earlier this week.
Pakistan lost both their games against arch rivals India -- by eight and nine wickets -- while narrowly beating Afghanistan by three wickets.
The skipper said that he told the bowlers not to panic during the 82-run tand between Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik.
Left-arm pacer Aamir has not been amongst the wickets in recent times and his skipper was asked about it in the pre-match press conference.
Asia Cup: Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed unhappy about India playing matches in Dubai, says rules should be same for all
It is learnt that the BCCI, which is hosting the tournament, decided against the shuttling of venues keeping the commercial conditions in mind.
Pakistan defeated Hong Kong by eighth wickets to make a positive start to their campaign but Sarfraz pointed out a few things which his team need to work on before they clash with India on Sep 19
Pakistan has been playing well for the past one year and Sarfraz attributes it to a discussion he had with chairman of selectors Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Sarfraz Ahmed said that Pakistan possess a potent bowling attack and their aim would be to put runs on the board and defend it.