Pakistan pick five uncapped players for Ireland, England Tests

Sports       by Usman Arshad | Published

Sports by Usman Arshad | Published

Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Faheem Ashraf. Khan has done well in limited-overs cricket but is yet to prove his worth in whites.

All-rounder Fawad Alam failed to make the cut yet again, even though he has been performing consistently for the last few seasons. Shadab is the only specialist spin-bowling option in the squad, with Haris Sohail's part-time slow left-arm orthodox potentially a useful addition. While he averaged just under 41 this season, his average for the last three seasons was 55, 56 and 72 respectively.

Shah, 31, who has 34 wickets only six Tests against England, including two five-wicket hauls, was ruled out for the tour because of a hip injury. As a result, Shadab Khan, who has played one Test to date, will assume the role of Pakistan's frontline spinner.

Pakistan have named four uncapped players, including the 22-year-old nephew of former captain and current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, in their Test squad for the team's upcoming tour of Ireland and England on Sunday. "He played a big part in all the games we won". One, we've tried to strengthen our batting line-up.

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"The World Cup next year is in England. This is a great opportunity for us, particularly our batsmen to gain experience in this conditions".

Pakistan will a Test against Ireland, which will the European side's first ever game in the longest format, in Malahide from 11-15 May.

Fawad has played three tests for Pakistan and also scored a brilliant knock of 168 runs on his second Test innings against Sri Lanka in 2009.

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