Fawad Alam named in 20-man Pakistan squad for Tests in England

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Pakistan announces squad for Test series against England

Azhar Ali has been named the captain of the side while limited-overs skipper Babar Azam is the vice-captain.

Pakistan announced on Monday a 20-man squad for their three-match Test series against England.

However, the former will likely be the second-choice wicket-keeper behind Mohammad Rizwan, who featured in Australia and Bangladesh series recently. Apart from this, former captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed has additionally received a spot within the Test group.

Wahab had announced an indefinite break from Test cricket in order to prolong his white-ball career but later retracted that decision after backlash from various quarters. In the spin department, uncapped Kashif bhatti has been selected alongside the leggie duo of Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan.

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The first Test will begin at the Old Trafford on August 5, while the Ageas Bowl will host the following two Tests from August 13 and 21.

Fast bowler Sohail Khan also found a place in the probables after the right-arm fast bowler impressed during the two intra-squad matches of the Pakistan team. The team also includes Fawad Alam who last played a Test match in 2009. Those nine players are Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Haider Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain and Musa Khan.

Pakistan's squad for Test series against England: Azhar Ali (c), Babar Aazam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan Snr, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah.

Pakistan landed in England as early as June after 10 of their players initially tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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