Pakistan name five uncapped players for Test tour of England

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Imam, Inzamam's nephew, in line for Test debut

Many people also reckon that the selection of Imam-ul-Haq over Fawad was not done on the basis of merit and justice.

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.

"This is a great opportunity for us, particularly our batsmen, to gain experience in this conditions".

Ali, on the other hand, received the call-up on the back of his impressive form in Pakistan's first-class circuit, having amassed 3,473 runs in 50 games he played at an average of 46.93. He added that Fawad Alam is a good player but in the last few years other players have performed better.

Earlier, Pakistan suffered a major setback last week when ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah was ruled out of the tour with a hip bone fracture.

The national team will depart on next Monday and will play one Test against Ireland and two Test matches against England.

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"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", Haq said. He was our strike bowler, all the games we've won he played a big part in.

Haq said selectors had tried strengthen the side's batting, which was weakened after the retirement previous year of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

Mohammad Amir will lead a relatively inexperienced pace attack, which includes Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Rahat Ali.

Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, is the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad.

Pakistan will a Test against Ireland, which will the European side's first ever game in the longest format, in Malahide from 11-15 May. Pakistan then travel to England for a two-Test series beginning on 24 May at Lord's.

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