Pakistan pick five uncapped players for UK tour

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Pakistan pick five uncapped players for UK tour

Batsmen Fakhar Zaman, 28, and Imam-ul-Haq, 22, Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali have found a place in the 16-man squad while the other uncapped player is allrounder Faheem Ashraf.

The five uncapped players that have been selected for the England and Ireland test series include openers Fakhar Zaman, and Imam-ul-Haq, Batsmen Usman Salahuddin, Saad Ali, and all rounder Faheem Ashraf. His medium pace will be a useful addition in seamer-friendly conditions. While Imam has been given a chance in the longest format of the game after his blistering century on his ODI debut against Sri Lanka late previous year, Ashraf has been included in Test squad on the back of some impressive performances in the shorter formats of the game.

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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.

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. Alam last played a Test in 2009 and his last ODI was in 2015. Pakistan also have an option in Harris Sohail, who could bowl left-arm spin.

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"Yasir's absence is certainly a big loss", Inzamam was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "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".

Pakistan are the opponents for Ireland's first Test match in Malahide, with the historic game getting underway on May 11. Pakistan will then play two Tests against England - at Lord's (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5).

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