Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Inzamam's nephew Imam-ul-Haq named in Pakistan Test squad

Inzamam's nephew Imam-ul-Haq named in Pakistan Test squad

32-year-old Fawad Alam who scored 10,742 runs in 145 first-class matches with the average of 55.37 has not been selected in the National Cricket team for upcoming Ireland and England test series.

Haris Sohail, who retains his place after he made his debut in the home series loss against Sri Lanka past year, may also find himself in a crucial all-around role with his part-time spin.

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Sallahuddin and Saad Ali received maiden Test call-ups.

Riaz was not among the list of probables that attended a training camp prior to the squad selection.

All-rounder Fawad Alam failed to make the cut yet again, even though he has been performing consistently for the last few seasons.

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

Batting trio Fakhar Zaman, Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali could all be handed debuts on the trip, while there is also a place for left-hander Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of former captainInzamam-ul-Haq who is now chief selector for the national team.

"The World Cup next year is in England". The absence of Yasir Shah meant Pakistan brought in Shadab Khan, who, within a year, has become the leading spinner of the side's limited-overs attack, but has played a solitary Test so far. He was our strike bowler, all the games we've won he played a big part in. "This is a great opportunity for us, particularly our batsmen to gain experience in this conditions".

Pakistan start their tour with a four-day warm-up game against Kent before playing a historic one-off Test against Ireland.

As for their tour of England, it will consist of two Tests, with the first beginning on May 24 at Lord's.

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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