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


Sarfaraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Inam-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Amir, Muhammad Abbas, Saad Ali, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Rahat Ali.

Shan Masood, the opener, misses out due to a knee injury while there was no place for experienced pacer Wahab Riaz in the 16-member squad announced by Inzamam-ul-Haq, the Pakistan Cricket Board chief selector, on Sunday 15 April.

Left-armer Wahab, who has taken 25 wickets in eight Tests against England, was criticised over his work ethic by Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur.

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

Faheem Ashraf, the uncapped all-rounder, was also included in the Test squad on the back of some impressive performances in the shorter formats of the game.

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Earlier, Pakistan suffered a major setback last week when ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah was ruled out of the tour with a hip bone fracture.

Defending the selection committee's decision, chief selector said that Fawad is a good player and they obviously can't ignore his career average, that is why he was brought into the camp. "If we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan".

"The World Cup next year is in England". He was our strike bowler, all the games we've won he played a big part in. He added; "I have given 12 to 14 players an opportunity and none of them have disappointed us". So we've made a decision to call up several young players to give them exposure to those conditions.

Pakistan's Test match against Ireland, which will get underway on May 11 in Dublin, will be a historic fixture as it will be the latter's first-ever Test match. After that, they will be having a greater challenge against England, who will be playing two Tests against the men in green, one at Lord's and the other at Headingley.