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

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Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq announced the sixteen-member squad for Pakistan's tour of England and Ireland here on Sunday.

The five include openers Fakhar Zaman, 28, and Imam-ul-Haq, 22.

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 will fill in for slow-bowling spearhead Yasir Shah who is out with a hip injury.

Inzamam-ul-Haq has said at a press conference that the World Cup next year is in England, so we have chose 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 a year ago.

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The Pakistan Test squad is as follows: 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. "We have tried to strengthen our batting and also considered giving a chance to youngsters [on the tour] as the next World Cup is in England", the Dawn quoted Inzamam, as saying. "If we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan".

Mohammad Amir will lead the pace attack, for which Rahat Ali was recalled, but there was no place for Wahab Riaz. "He played a big part in all the games we won".

Pakistan are the opponents for Ireland's first Test match in Malahide, with the historic game getting underway on May 11. Pakistan then travel to England for a two-Test series beginning on 24 May at Lord's.

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