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Pakistan recall Shoaib Malik for England Tests

Pakistan recall Shoaib Malik for England Tests
Shoaib Malik makes a comeback into the Pakistan Test squad after a gap of more than five years.
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The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to include senior all-rounder Shoaib Malik as the 16th member of the Test squad which will face England in a three-match series in the United Arab Emirates.

Having last played a Test match in August 2010, Malik makes a comeback to the Pakistan squad after a gap of more than five years.

A press release issued by the PCB disclosed that team manager Intikhab Alam had requested that chief selector Haroon Rashid include Malik based on his form in the shorter formats.

"Chairman PCB Shaharyar Mohammad Khan has approved inducting Shoaib Malik as the 16th member of the Test squad against England subsequent to recommendation made by the national selection committee headed by Haroon Rashid," said the release.

"Manager Intikhab Alam had made the request to the chief selector, saying that he and head coach Waqar Younis were of the same view over retaining Shoaib Malik given his present form in T20Is and the ODIs."

Malik has played 32 Test matches for Pakistan and has 1,606 runs at an average of 33.45 including two hundreds and eight fifties, while accounting for 21 wickets with the ball.

In 2015, Malik has so far featured in 11 One-Day Internationals and has scored 500 runs at an average of 100, with one hundred and three fifties to his name.

The 33-year-old’s inclusion will also help Pakistan shore up their off-spin resources, which were depleted after Hafeez was banned from bowling for 12 months.  

Chief selector Haroon Rashid revealed that members of the selection committee were unanimously in favour of including Malik for the Test series.

“Following Intikhab Alam’s request, I spoke with my fellow selectors and there was unanimity over retaining Malik keeping in mind his current batting form and the off-spin bowling option that could be handy in the all-important forthcoming Test series against England,” said Rashid.

As well as the three-match Test series, Pakistan will also play four ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals against England in the UAE. 

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, Shoaib Malik

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