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PCB announces 29-member squad for England tour with surprise inclusion

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced 29-player squad for three Tests and three T20Is against England on Friday (June 12).

Young Pakistan U19 batsman Haider Ali has been picked for England tour. Haider had a great Pakistan Super League (PSL) season this year as he scored 239 runs in nine matches at a strike-rate of over 158 for Peshawar Zalmi.

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He was also the second highest run-scorer with 317 runs against South Africa in the under-19 series. He also finished as the third highest run-scorer in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Besides Haider, Kashif Bhatti is the other uncapped player in the side. The selectors have also picked Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imran Khan, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz. But there’s no Mohammad Amir and Haris Sohail as one of the best two stars of the team is not going to England for ‘personal reasons’.

Commenting on the squad, chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said:

“The selectors have picked a squad which gives us the best chance of success in England. It was a challenging process as the players have not played for an extended period of time, but nevertheless, with the month that we will have in England and the intense training we will undergo, we are confident we will get the players up to the mark to be ready for the three Tests.

“But the main focus of the selectors has been red-ball cricket, which we will play for nearly two months with the T20Is to be played at the backend of the ICC World Test Championship fixtures.”

Squad:

Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali (Test captain), Babar Azam (T20I captain), Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim, Kashif Bhatti, Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah.

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