Pakistan name five uncapped players for Test tour of England


The Pakistan Test squad is as follows: Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), 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.

The left-handed Alam has consistently been one of the highest run-scorers in Pakistan's domestic cricket and now has 10,742 first-class runs under his belt.

As many as five players could be in line for their Test debuts over the three games, which include Inzamam's nephew Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Salahuddin, Saad Ali and Faheem Ashraf.

Reflecting on the squad, national chief selector Inzamam said that they have tried to give chance to youngsters keeping in mind the next World Cup in England. His average from 145 games is 55.3 which comfortably the best in Pakistan's recent history.

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"This is a great opportunity for us, particularly our batsmen, to gain experience in this conditions". Pakistan Super League's (PSL) top performer Wahab Riaz has been excluded from the national squad, while the South Asian team will also miss the services of prolific leg-spinner Yasir Shah owing to a hip injury.

Fawad played his last test against New Zealand in 2009.

Shah was replaced with teenager Shadab Khan, who has only played one Test.

Haq said selectors had tried strengthen the side's batting, which was weakened after the retirement past year of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

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"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. He was our strike bowler.

Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, is the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad.

Pakistan will leave for England on April 30th and play a warm-up game against Kent before facing Ireland in their debut Test match. Pakistan then travel to England for a two-Test series beginning on 24 May at Lord's.

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