Imam, Inzamam's nephew, in line for Test debut

Imam, Inzamam's nephew, in line for Test debut

The five include openers Fakhar Zaman, 28, and Imam-ul-Haq, 22.

Fawad Alam, son of Pakistan's famous first-class cricketer Tariq Alam, made an early start to his first-class career at the young age of 17, he also played in the under 19 world cup for Pakistan.

Batsman Saad is selected primarily on his form in the last Quaid-e-Azam trophy tournament, which is Pakistan's premier four-day first class tournament. His average from 145 games is 55.3 which comfortably the best in Pakistan's recent history.

Fawad played his last test against New Zealand in 2009.

"Yasir's absence is a big loss", Inzamam was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "If we look at his numbers (of wickets) for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan". Shadab Khan, who has been a regular fixture in the limited-overs team, has been drafted in the squad. "He was our strike bowler, all the games we've won he played a big part", Inzamam said.

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Inzamam said that the selectors have tried to strengthen Pakistan's batting line-up and also wanted to give players a chance to experience English conditions ahead of next year's World Cup.

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

All-rounder Faheem Ashraf is the other rookie named in a 16-man party that will be captained by wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed.

Fawad scored 168 Runs in the second innings of the second test of a three-match series against Sri Lanka, This is the second highest score on debut for Pakistan.

Ireland play their inaugural Test against Pakistan from 11-15 May before the South Asian team take on England in Tests at Lord's (24-28 May) and Headingley (1-5 June).