Inzamam's nephew picked for tour of England

Inzamam's nephew picked for tour of England

The exclusion of 32-year-old Fawad Alam - who has a first-class batting average of over 55 - from the Test squad for the England and Ireland tour announced on Sunday left Twitter users and sports journalists in Pakistan searching for answers.

The 16-member squad also includes Champions Trophy hero Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali and Usman Salahuddin.

Faheem Ashraf, the uncapped all-rounder, was also included in the Test squad on the back of some impressive performances in the shorter formats of the game. While Imam has been given a chance in the longest format of the game after his blistering century on his ODI debut against Sri Lanka late past year, Ashraf has been included in Test squad on the back of some impressive performances in the shorter formats of the game. His highest score of 232 came earlier this season. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan will fill in for slow-bowling spearhead Yasir Shah who is out with a hip injury.

Alam, among the 25 players called up for the training camp recently held in Lahore, scored an impressive 19 in the Yo-Yo Endurance Test, ahead of skipper Sarfraz and much younger players Hassan Ali, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman.

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Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali were four pace bowlers selected with left-arm quick Wahab Riaz left out after coach Mickey Arthur questioned his work ethic.

"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", said Inzamam. He was our strike bowler, all the games we've won he played a big part in. The match on 11 May in Dublin will be Ireland's first ever.

The Asian side will then travel to England to play two Tests, at Lord's (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5).

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