Pakistan pick five uncapped players for UK tour

Pakistan pick five uncapped players for UK tour

Pakistan selectors overlooked 32-year-old batsman Fawad Alam despite strong domestic form as they picked five uncapped players in the 16-man squad for their Tests against Ireland and England starting next month.

Batsmen Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali, and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf are the other three uncapped members of the squad. While Imam has been given a chance in the longest format of the game after his blistering century on his ODI debut against Sri Lanka late a year ago, Ashraf has been included in Test squad on the back of some impressive performances in the shorter formats of the game.

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan replaced the injured Yasir Shah. "So we've made a decision to call up several young players to give them exposure to those conditions", chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said at a press conference.

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Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Saad Ali, Usman Salahuddin have been added as middle order batsmen. Attempting to make up for his absence will be Shadab Khan, who has played a solitary Test, against the Windies past year. "We have tried to strengthen our batting and also considered giving a chance to youngsters [on the tour] as the next World Cup is in England", the Dawn quoted Inzamam, as saying.

Mohammad Amir will lead a relatively inexperienced pace attack, which includes Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Rahat Ali. He was our strike bowler, all the games we've won he played a big part in.

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. Pakistan then travel to England for a two-Test series beginning on 24 May at Lord's.

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