Ignored Fawad Alam to cheer for Pakistan team from home

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Responding to a question, Akram lauded the inclusion of opener Fakhar Zaman in the test squad.

The other players in line to make their Test debut on the tour are Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Usman Salahuddin. Secondly, we've borne in mind that the World Cup next year is in England.

The left-handed Alam has consistently been one of the highest run-scorers in Pakistan's domestic cricket and now has 10,742 first-class runs under his belt. "We haven't ignored him, we have actually given an opportunity to a few others we thought were more suited to English conditions".

Pakistani cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

The omission of the 32-year-old, who had four outstanding seasons in the Quaid-e-Azam (QeA) trophy - Pakistan's premier four-day event - where he had averages of 40.71, 55.54, 56 and 71.90 respectively, saw Inzamam receive heavy criticism from different sections of the cricketing circles. Attempting to make up for his absence will be Shadab Khan, who has played a solitary Test, against the Windies previous year.

Pakistan will be without the services of Yasir Shah, who misses out due to a hip injury. "We got him here in the nets but we found Saad Ali to be better and the decision to prefer Saad was unanimous, with input from all the coaching staff and captain", said Haq. In the only three Tests he has played, he scored 250 runs at an average of 41.66 with one century.

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Yasir's absence is a big loss, if we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan. He was our strike bowler. He had been scoring tons of runs in the domestic circuit of Pakistan but has been constantly overlooked by the selectors headed by former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Sami Aslam and Babar Azam form the crux of the batting unit with Sarfraz Ahmed captaining the side and keeping wicket.

Mohammad Amir will lead the pace attack, for which Rahat Ali was recalled, but there was no place for Wahab Riaz.

Ireland will play their first-ever Test against Pakistan from May 11-15 in Dublin.

Afterwards, the Men in Green will play a two-match series against England commencing from May 24th.

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