Five uncapped players in Pakistan's Cricket Test squad


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.

Fakhar Zaman, Faheem Ashraf, Imam Ul Haq, Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali are the five players who got their debut call from the national selectors.

Having a tally of 10,742 runs at a staggering average of 55.37, Fawad is far more experienced than Imam, who might have made an impressive worldwide cricket debut against Sri Lanka in October a year ago, was just able to muster 222 runs at a below-average of 27.75 in five games.

Fawad Alam, who has been once again ignored by the selectors despite the incredible record in domestic and worldwide cricket, tweeted that he will be cheering for Pakistan cricket team from home when they will take on Ireland and England.

Reflecting on the squad, national chief selector Inzamam said that they have tried to give chance to youngsters keeping in mind the next World Cup in England.

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

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. He was our strike bowler, all the games we've won he played a big part in.

Ireland will play their first-ever Test against Pakistan from May 11-15 in Dublin. Pakistan then travel to England for a two-Test series beginning on 24 May at Lord's.