Pakistan include five uncapped players in Test squad

Sports       by Usman Arshad | Published

Sports by Usman Arshad | Published

Pakistan have included five uncapped players in an inexperienced Test squad for the tour of England and Ireland.

Batsmen Fakhar Zaman, 28, and Imam-ul-Haq, 22, Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali have found a place in the 16-man squad while the other uncapped player is allrounder Faheem Ashraf.

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.

Having a tally of 10,742 runs at a staggering average of 55.37, Fawad is far more experienced than Imam, who might have made an impressive worldwide cricket debut against Sri Lanka in October previous year, was just able to muster 222 runs at a below-average of 27.75 in five games.

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.

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Leg-spinner Shadab Khan replaced the injured Yasir Shah.

Yasir's absence is a big loss, if we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan.

The 32-year old, who maintains astounding batting averages of 41.66 and 55.37 in three Tests and 145 First Class games he has played, congratulated everyone who made it to the squad and hoped for a win in the upcoming series.

Pakistan start their tour with a four-day warm-up game against Kent before playing a historic one-off Test against Ireland.

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