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Fawad Alam recalled for England Tests

Fawad Alam recalled for England Tests
Fawad Alam makes a comeback to the Pakistan Test squad after six years.
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Pakistan selectors have recalled left-handed batsman Fawad Alam to the Test squad which will face England in a three-match series in the United Arab Emirates next month.

Alam, who played his last Test match more than five years ago in November 2009, in Dunedin against New Zealand, has replaced Babar Azam.

From three Test matches in his career, Alam has 250 runs, coming in at an average of 41.66, including a century on debut against Sri Lanka in Colombo in July 2009.

The only other change from the squad that took part in the 2-1 victorious series win against Pakistan is the inclusion of Wahab Riaz in place of Ehsan Adil.

Speaking about Alam’s inclusion, Pakistan chief selector told ESPNcricinfo that the selectors had him in their radar for quite some time now.

"Our Test team has been an established team for years now and it is hard to make room for any new player.

"Fawad Alam was in our plan for months now after his performance and we know he had been knocking at the selectors' door for years in fact.

“We have added him to the squad in a bid to get ourselves ready for the transition after Misbah as we obviously need to have guys like him when our seasoned players fade away.” 

The selectors have also named the squads that will take part in the limited overs series against Zimbabwe beginning later this month.

Sohaib Maqsood makes a comeback into both the One-Day International and the Twenty20 International squads, following a recovery from an arm injury.

Uncapped fast-bowlers Imran Khan junior and Amir Yamin have been included in the T20I squads while Bilal Asif is also given a nod for the shortest format.

Umar Akmal and Sohail Tanvir found places only in the T20I squad, while Anwar Ali misses out with a groin strain.

Wicket-keeper, Sarfraz Ahmed will miss out on the T20Is as he will be performing Hajj, with Mohammad Rizwan taking his place for the two games.

The selectors have also announced the squads for the two practice games against England in the UAE, with Misbah-ul-Haq captaining the squad of the first game and Junaid Khan leading the squad in the second game.

In a media release, Rashid also revealed that Misbah suggested the selectors to keep the 16th spot in the Test squad open for the best performer among Zafar Gohar and Mohammad Asghar in the practice matches.

“In the light of Misbah-ul-Haq recommendations, we have kept the options open for the 16th player in the Test squad against England, picking up two left-arm spin bowlers namely Zafar Gohar and Mohammad Asghar for the brace of practice games against England prior to the Test matches in the UAE; whoever amongst the two performs well would be added to the Test squad.”

Pakistan will fly to Zimbabwe on 24th September for a tour that will last until 5th October, whereas the Test series against England gets underway on the 13th of October.

Pakistan Test squad for England series:

Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Rahat Ali, Junaid Khan

ODI squad for Zimbabwe series:

Azhar Ali (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Wahab Raiz, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan

T20I squad for Zimbabwe series:

Ahmed Shehzad, Mukhtar Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi (capt), Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, Aamer Yamin, Mohammad Irfan, Bilal Asif, Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Imran Khan jnr

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