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Three Uncapped Players In Pakistan Test Squad

Taufeeq Umar
Taufeeq Umar has been recalled to Pakistan's Test squad
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Pakistan have named uncapped batsman Haris Sohail, fast bowler Imran Khan and wrist spinner Yasir Shah in their squad to take on Australia in the first Test in Dubai.

The match gets underway on 22nd October and will feature a Pakistan side that is much changed from the one that lost both Tests in Sri Lanka earlier this year.

As well as the newcomers, batsmen Mohammad Hafeez and Taufeeq Umar and spinner Zulfiqar Babar have been recalled.

While Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan are unavailable due to injury and Saeed Ajmal suspended, Abdur Rehman, Khurram Manzoor and Umar Akmal have been dropped.

Eight players who played for Pakistan A against the Australians are included in the squad, including Asad Shafiq, who made 108 and Ahmed Shehzad, who scored a brace of half-centuries.

"The side has been picked in consultation with captain Misbah-ul-Haq and head coach Waqar Younis, and there is complete agreement that these are the 16 best available players to represent Pakistan in the first Test against a formidable ICC’s second-ranked Australia side," chief selector Moin Khan said.

He added that Mohammad Irfan was considered for this series but his workload is being managed with a view to him playing a leading role at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Pakistan Test squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Talha, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Shan Masood, Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Shah, Younus Khan, Zulfiqar Babar

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