Inzamam's nephew in Pakistan squad for tour of Ireland and England

Inzamam's nephew in Pakistan squad for tour of Ireland and England

Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 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.

Despite scoring an avalanche of runs in domestic cricket this season, and having a decent first-class average of 55, left-handed batsman Fawad Alam has again been overlooked and passed over for national selection that sparked strong criticism to the criterion of the selection committee that preferred its chief's nephew Imam-ul-Haq over an inform batsmen for the upcoming Tests in Ireland and England.

Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali were four pace bowlers selected with left-arm quick Wahab Riaz left out after coach Mickey Arthur questioned his work ethic.

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

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

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Reflecting on the squad, national chief selector Inzamam said that they have tried to give chance to youngsters keeping in mind the next World Cup in England. Faheem Ashraf finds his place as an all-rounder in the squad while Shadab Khan has been included as a spinner. "If we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan". He added; "I have given 12 to 14 players an opportunity and none of them have disappointed us. He played a big part in all the games we won".

"Dropping any player doesn't mean we are disregarding them".

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.

Shah, 31, who has 34 wickets only six Tests against England, including two five-wicket hauls, was ruled out for the tour because of a hip injury.