Inzamam's nephew in line for Test debut

Wahab Riaz hopeful of return to team

Wahab Riaz hopeful of return to team

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.

It appears that the chief selector Inzamam ul Haq preferred his nephew Imam ul Haq over him in the test squad. Other than Shadab, he is the only player in the squad capable of providing a spin option of any potency, and may find himself being turned to if Pakistan are to avoid overburdening Shadab.

"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", Haq said.

"If we look at his numbers (of wickets) for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan". His highest score of 232 came earlier this season. So we've made a decision to call up several young players to give them exposure to those conditions.

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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"It's an ideal opportunity for our batsmen to get used to English conditions because we have to play next year's World Cup in England", he said. When asked whether Wahab was excluded because of Head Coach Mickey Arthur's recent criticism of the player, Haq said that the pacer "has not performed well recently".

The tourists then move on to Lord's for the series opener against England before rounding out the Test leg of their trip at Headingley.

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.

Sporting a young side, including a number of players who would be looking to make their Test debuts, Pakistan will play a lone game against Ireland - Ireland's first - starting May 11, followed by two Tests against England.

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