Pakistan in West Indies 2017 April 5, 2017

Shadab Khan breaks into Pakistan Test squad

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Shadab Khan picked 10 wickets in the four international matches he has played © AFP

Eighteen-year-old Shadab Khan has broken into the Pakistan Test squad, 10 days after making his T20 international debut. Misbah-ul-Haq was named captain, as expected, for the three Tests in the West Indies starting April 21 in Kingston.

Four other uncapped Test players, apart from Shadab, were included in the squad - Usman Salahuddin, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Mohammad Asghar - while Ahmed Shehzad and Shan Masood returned to the side.

As many as seven players out of the 17 that toured Australia in December-January didn't find a place this time: Sharjeel Khan, Sohail Khan, Sami Aslam, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz and Imran Khan.

"The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in West Indies and the recent performances of players during the domestic and international season," chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said. "The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and believe that team will do well in the tour."

While Shadab foxed the West Indies batsmen in all four T20Is recently, Salahuddin was picked to strengthen the middle order, and Abbas and Hasan beefed up the pace attack that also comprised Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. The spin attack would consist of Yasir Shah and the uncapped left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar, who toured Australia as back-up for Yasir.

Shehzad last played a Test on the tour of Sri Lanka in 2015 and was not part of the national side since the World T20 due to disciplinary issues. He returned to the T20I and ODI sides recently, picked for the ongoing West Indies tour. Masood, on the other hand, last played a Test last July against England. He has been among the runs recently in domestic one-day matches in Pakistan, for United Bank Limited in the Departmental One Day Cup and for Islamabad in the Regional One Day Cup.

Pakistan Test squad Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk & vice-capt), Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas

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  • cricfan54246778 on June 6, 2017, 15:35 GMT

    Pakistan is missing a seam bowling all rounder

  • cricfan0177839282 on April 11, 2017, 12:09 GMT

    PCB is accustomed to neglecting talents, though Inzi is trying to bring change in the trend and to them, a player does not mature until be at 34. Domestic cricket is not producing qualified players rather producing numbers only. In national level, they are the highly prolific, the average of players is very high (eg. 40-50 runs) but in ODI they struggle to manage on average 35 runs at a strike rate 90, it's too funny.

  •   Guyana West Indies Crickfann on April 8, 2017, 12:30 GMT

    don't think this kid is ready for test cricket

  •   Khawaja Murad Ali on April 7, 2017, 4:47 GMT

    Much balanced team now than the team visited Australia. Having the potential to beat any team. Best of luck team green.

  • Shoaib S. Muhammad on April 7, 2017, 3:42 GMT

    still Fawad Alam not get selected

  • cricfan39825308 on April 6, 2017, 18:52 GMT

    This selection committee is making same mistakes which the previous committee made. Shadab Khan performed in T20 & is now part of all three formats. This will not only put pressure on Yasir Shah but also if Shadab did not perform he will not be considered for future selection. Let a player settle in one format then gradually bring him in other formats. Sami Aslam, Imran Khan & Sohail Khan deserve a chance. Hasan Ali's variation will work in tests or not, this is a big question. Shan Masood is tried & tested player while Amir has failed to take wickets in Australia & New zealand where pitches are bowler friendly so his selection is unjustified.

  • De Fantastico on April 6, 2017, 16:58 GMT

    I thought Sami Aslam deserved a run in ODI and T20I let alone tests. The replacement of Shan Masood just bamboozles me! Usman Salahuddin is a good selection though

  •   cricfan91555690 on April 6, 2017, 15:33 GMT

    @CRICFAN6863194099 where is asad shafiq? He is a very good batsman at no 6 u just cant drop him his innings in australia was just brilliant dont u think?

  • dmartens on April 6, 2017, 15:18 GMT

    They are missing an allrounder.

  • cricfan4438576559 on April 6, 2017, 12:56 GMT

    Hi,,,,this is my comments from India. Pakistan selection committee just like is street club committee... they gave only one chance.....sami aslam ...really talented player....they run in Australia..