Pakistan include five uncapped players in Test squad

  • Pakistan include five uncapped players in Test squad

Pakistan include five uncapped players in Test squad

Pakistan have named four uncapped players, including the 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. 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 previous year, Ashraf has been included in Test squad on the back of some impressive performances in the shorter formats of the game.

Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Sami Aslam have been included in the squad as opening batsmen.

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. Alam last played a Test in 2009 and his last ODI was in 2015.

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.

Leg-spinner Shadab Khan replaced the injured Yasir Shah.

"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", said Inzamam.

However, he was ignored while a number of younger batsmen including Saad Ali, Imamul Haq and Usman Salahuddin made the cut. "He played a big part in all the games we won".

Mohammad Amir will lead the pace attack, for which Rahat Ali was recalled, but there was no place for Wahab Riaz.

Pakistan are the opponents for Ireland's first Test match in Malahide, with the historic game getting underway on May 11.

The Asian side will then travel to England to play two Tests, at Lord's (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5).