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Pakistan select Mohammad Amir for England Tests

Pakistan select Mohammad Amir for England Tests
PCB is hoping for Mohammad Amir's visa clearance in the next week.
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Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir is in line to make a return to Test cricket after being selected in the 17-man squad which will take on England in a four-match series later this year.

However, Amir’s participation will depend on him getting a visa and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is optimistic as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has supported his application.

It was in the infamous 2010 Test series in England that Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were found guilty of spot fixing and were handed suspensions by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The 24-year-old has already made a successful return to the Pakistan side for limited overs cricket after his impressive performances in the domestic circuit following his comeback after the expiry of the five-year ban.

Pakistan’s premier leg-spinner Yasir Shah is also set for an international return after his three-month suspension for testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Despite his knee injury, senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez has been selected for the side but the selection panel has named opening batsman Sami Aslam as the backup.

Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Hafeez will continue to form the core of the batting line-up alongside the likes of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq while Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Rizwan will be the wicket-keeping options.

Partnering Shah in the spin-bowling department will be Zulfiqar Babar while Amir, Wahab Riaz, Imran Khan, Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan will be the fast bowlers for the series.

Ahmed Shehzad, who was not picked for the training camp in Abbottabad due to disciplinary reasons continues to remain on the sidelines.

Pakistan are scheduled to leave for England on 18th June and they will first undergo a training camp in Hampshire following which they will take on Somerset and Sussex in two tour games.

The four-match Test series between England and Pakistan will get underway on 14th July with the first game at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Pakistan Squad for England Tests:

Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Sohail Khan

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