Fawad Dropped While Five Uncapped Players Picked For England and Ireland Test

Alicia Farmer
April 16, 2018

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.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Inam-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Abbas, Saad Ali, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Rahat Ali.

Ali, on the other hand, received the call-up on the back of his impressive form in Pakistan's first-class circuit, having amassed 3,473 runs in 50 games he played at an average of 46.93.

Inzamam-ul-Haq has said at a press conference that the World Cup next year is in England, so we have decided to make several young players a part of the England and Ireland tests to give them exposure to the conditions. Attempting to make up for his absence will be Shadab Khan, who has played a solitary Test, against the Windies previous year.

"This is a great opportunity for us, particularly our batsmen, to gain experience in this conditions".

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With spinner Yasir Shah sidelined by a hip problem, fellow slow bowler Shadab Khan - a regular for his country in their limited-overs sides - could get the chance to add to his solitary Test cap.

"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", Haq said. He was our strike bowler, all the games we've won he played a big part in.

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

The tourists then move on to Lord's for the series opener against England before rounding out the Test leg of their trip at Headingley.

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