Talented left arm pace sensation Mohammad Aamir was named in Pakistan’s test squad for the upcoming tour of England. Aamir is set to play his first test in as many as 6 years, as he last played a test against England way back in 2010.
The pacer in all probability will be touring England, provided some last minute issues regarding his visa application arise.
Making a comeback to the side along with Aamir was spinner Yasir Shah. Shah was banned a few months ago by the ICC on the basis of doping.
His ban expired in March and the leg spinner is now available for selection. Controversial opener Ahmed Shehzad found no place in the squad as he was replaced by the 20 year old Sami Aslam.
Chief selector Inzamam Ul Haq seemed positive about the squad and spoke to the press after the squad was named. Among new comers, was wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who has impressed in the shorter formats.
“Rizwan has been playing in T20s and he has been doing well in ODIs,” Inzamam said. “We are sending two keepers because there are four Tests and it will be a good opportunity for Rizwan too.”
Inzamam also clarified the reason behind selecting Sohail Khan over Junaid Khan for the tour. “Junaid had a knee injury and struggled a bit after that,” Inzamam said. “It will take him some time now to get back into rhythm and then we will consider him again.
We have picked Sohail instead because his performance has been very good. I saw him bowl during the camp and he is in really good rhythm. Inshallah he will do well on the England tour.”
Pakistan test squad vs England: Misbah-ul-Haq (c) , Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Sohail Khan