Imam-ul-Haq named in Pakistan squad for Ireland Test match

Sports       by Usman Arshad | Published

Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of former Pakistan skipper and current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, is in line for a Test debut.

The team will be led by team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, while Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Shadab Khan and Muhammad Amir are going to be playing against England and Ireland.

"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said Sunday. "If we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan". Khan has done well in limited-overs cricket but is yet to prove his worth in whites. Shadab is the only specialist spin-bowling option in the squad, with Haris Sohail's part-time slow left-arm orthodox potentially a useful addition.

Faheem Ashraf finds his place as an all-rounder in the squad while Shadab Khan has been included as a spinner.

Ali has been in stellar form in Pakistan's first-class circuit, having scored 3,473 runs in 50 games at an impressive 46.93.


Inzamam said that the selectors have tried to strengthen Pakistan's batting line-up and also wanted to give players a chance to experience English conditions ahead of next year's World Cup.

Nine batsmen have been included in the squad to counter the hard playing position in England.

Pakistan then travel to England for a two-Test series beginning on 24 May at Lord's.

Ireland play their inaugural Test against Pakistan in Malahide from May 11th-15th before they take on England in Tests at Lord's (May 24th-28th) and Headingley (June 1st-5th).

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