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Shadab Khan makes it into Test squad for West Indies series

Shadab Khan had an impressive debut in T20Is
Shadab Khan had an impressive debut in T20Is

Uncapped leg-spinner Shadab Khan has been called up to the Pakistan squad for the upcoming Test series against West Indies following his man of the series performance in the Twenty20 Internationals.

The 18-year-old picked 10 wickets from four matches in the T20I series and was instrumental in Pakistan claiming the series 3-1.

Apart from Shadab, four other uncapped players - Usman Salahuddin, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Asghar were also included in the 16-man squad captained by Misbah-ul-Haq.

Salahuddin played two One-Day Internationals for Pakistan in 2011 and has a first-class average of 47 after playing 92 games in which he scored 32 fifties while Hasan is a prominent member of the limited overs side.

Fast bowler Abbas was selected based on his impressive performances for Khan Research Laboratories in the Departmental One Day Cup. Meanwhile selectors have also handed a recall to Ahmed Shehzad and Sohaib Maqsood in the place of suspended Sharjeel Khan and Sami Aslam.

"The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in West Indies and the recent performances of players during the domestic and international season," said Pakistan head of selection panel Inzamam-ul-Haq.

"The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and believe that team will do well in the tour."

The three-match Test series will be played between 21st April and 14th May with Jamaica, Barbados and Dominica being the venues.

Pakistan Test squad for series against West Indies:

Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas

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