Imam, Inzamam's nephew, in line for Test debut

Sports       by Usman Arshad | Published

Sports by Usman Arshad | Published

The announcement for the Pakistani national team squad was done after a series of training camps.

Fawad Alam failed to make the cut after being included in an initial 25-man training squad, while a knee injury ruled out fellow batsman Shan Masood.

Batsman Shan Masood was also overlooked as he is now recovering from a knee injury.

With spinner Yasir Shah sidelined by a hip problem, fellow slow bowler Shadab Khan - a regular for his country in their limited-overs sides - could get the chance to add to his solitary Test cap.

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Batsmen Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali received maiden call-ups in a 16-man Test squad for Pakistan's tour to Ireland and England named by chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Sunday, with no place - as expected - for fast bowler Wahab Riaz, reported Cricinfo. "If we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan. He played a big part in all the games we won". "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". One, we've tried to strengthen our batting line-up.

Fawad Alam, son of Pakistan's famous first-class cricketer Tariq Alam, made an early start to his first-class career at the young age of 17, he also played in the under 19 world cup for Pakistan. "This is a great opportunity for us, particularly our batsmen to gain experience in this conditions".

Ireland will play their first-ever Test against Pakistan from May 11-15 in Dublin.

Fawad has played three tests for Pakistan and also scored a brilliant knock of 168 runs on his second Test innings against Sri Lanka in 2009.

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