The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced a 16-member squad for the three-Test series against West Indies on Wednesday.
Headed by chief selector Inzamamul Haq, the National Selection Committee announced the squad, which also includes young leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who has impressed everyone in the recently concluded T20I series against West Indies, where he bagged man-of-the-series award after claiming 10 wickets in just four matches.
The most notable exclusion from the team is of veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, who has failed to cement his side in the longest format of the game.
The team also saw the return of openers Ahmad Shahzad and Shan Masood, whereas Sialkot’s right-arm pacer Mohammad Abbas is also included in the squad.
In the statement released by the PCB, Inzamam said that the team was selected keeping West Indian conditions in mind.
“The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in the West Indies and the recent performances of players during the domestic and international season,” he said. “The team is a fine blend of experience and youth, and we believe that team will do well.”
Misbahul Haq (captain), Ahmad Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Younus Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper/vice-captain), Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Asghar, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas