T20: Test squad announced for West Indies series

Selectors on Wednesday named youthful leg-spinner Shadab Khan in a 16-man squad for their three-coordinate Test arrangement in the West Indies, compensating him for his solid Twenty20 execution.

Shadab, 18, who rose to popularity in the second version of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in February-March, took 10 wickets in Pakistan’s 3-1 T20 arrangement triumph against the West Indies a week ago. Boss selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said Shadab’s incorporation highlights the approach of presenting new blood.


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“The Test group has been chosen remembering the conditions in the West Indies and the current exhibitions of players amid the household and global season,” Inzamam told AFP. Misbah-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan in the Tests, which take after the three-coordinate one-day arrangement beginning in Guyana on Friday.

Inzamam said Shadab had performed superior to anticipated. “Everybody felt that Shadab has performed past desires so we thought he ought to likewise be utilized for the five-day organize,” he said.


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Uncapped medium paceman Mohammad Abbas, 27, won determination on account of his execution in residential matches, having taken 61 and 71 wickets in the last two home seasons individually.

Center request batsman Usman Salahuddin, 26, was chosen without precedent for a Test group in the wake of bombing in the two one-day internationals on the voyage through West Indies in 2011.

Be that as it may, wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, who scored 1,035 in the nation’s head top notch competition and Asif Zakir – 853 keeps running in a similar competition – were disregarded. Inzamam protected Kamran’s avoidance.

“We gave Kamran risks in the current Twenty20 (in West Indies) and he is in the one-day squad yet within the sight of the fundamental wicket-attendant Sarfraz Ahmed it was hard to get him in the Test side,” he said.

Openers Ahmed Shehzad and Shan Masood organized rebounds in the Test side yet there was no place for Mohammad Hafeez, who was additionally disregarded for Pakistan’s last two Test arrangement in New Zealand and Australia. The main Test begins in Jamaica on April 21, the second in Barbados on April 30 and the third in Dominica on May 10.

Updated: April 21, 2017 — 12:16 pm

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