Man Pakistani Squad For England and Ireland Series Announced

Man Pakistani Squad For England and Ireland Series Announced

Zaman has established himself as a regular member in the limited overs squads and will be joined in the Test side by Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Salahuddin, Saad Ali and Faheem Ashraf. Secondly, we've borne in mind that the World Cup next year is in England.

It appears that the chief selector Inzamam ul Haq preferred his nephew Imam ul Haq over him in the test squad. "This is a great opportunity for us, particularly our batsmen to gain experience in this conditions".

Saad, 24, is the leading runscorer in the Quaid-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's domestic first-class competition. His average from 145 games is 55.3 which comfortably the best in Pakistan's recent history.

Fawad played his last test against New Zealand in 2009.

Pakistan suffered a big blow when leg-spinner Yasir Shah was ruled out due to injury with 19-year-old Shadab Khan, who has only played in one Test, expected to carry the slow-bowling burden.

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

"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", said Inzamam. He was our strike bowler.

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

Mohammad Amir will lead a relatively inexperienced pace attack, which includes Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Rahat Ali.

Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Sami Aslam and Babar Azam form the crux of the batting unit with Sarfraz Ahmed captaining the side and keeping wicket.

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

16 man National test squad has been announced for the England and Ireland series.

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