Pakistan name five uncapped players for Test tour of England


Pakistan name five uncapped players for Test tour of England

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.

Nepotism is at its peak in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) where chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has preferred his nephew Imam-ul-Haq to the most consistent domestic performer Fawad Alam in the Test squad for England series to be held next month.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq has already made his ODI debut, where he scored a century against Sri Lanka last October and is set to make his Test debut during the English summer. Secondly, we've borne in mind that the World Cup next year is in England. "So we've chose to call up several young players to give them exposure to those conditions", chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said at a press conference.

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.

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. Attempting to make up for his absence will be Shadab Khan, who has played a solitary Test, against the Windies past year.

"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. He was our strike bowler, all the games we've won he played a big part in.

Mohammad Amir will lead the pace attack, for which Rahat Ali was recalled, but there was no place for Wahab Riaz. Pakistan then travel to England for a two-Test series beginning on 24 May at Lord's.

This is going to be Ireland's first ever tryst with Test cricket.