PCB announces 16-member squad for England, Ireland series

PCB announces 16-member squad for England, Ireland series

The exclusion of 32-year-old Fawad Alam - who has a first-class batting average of over 55 - from the Test squad for the England and Ireland tour announced on Sunday left Twitter users and sports journalists in Pakistan searching for answers.

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.

Left-hander opener Imam-ul-Haq, who has played four-one-day internationals for his country, scored a century on his debut against Sri Lanka last October.

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Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Sami Aslam have been included in the squad as opening batsmen. Pakistan Super League's (PSL) top performer Wahab Riaz has been excluded from the national squad, while the South Asian team will also miss the services of prolific leg-spinner Yasir Shah owing to a hip injury. Alam last played a Test in 2009 and his last ODI was in 2015. "He played a big part in all the games we won".

Mohammad Amir will lead a relatively inexperienced pace attack, which includes Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Rahat Ali. Pakistan also have an option in Harris Sohail, who could bowl left-arm spin. "I hope he recovers quickly from his injury because we have some big home Test series coming up after this series too, and we will need him in the UAE".

Pakistan will a Test against Ireland, which will the European side's first ever game in the longest format, in Malahide from 11-15 May. Pakistan will then play two Tests against England - at Lord's (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5).

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