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Pakistan selectors lean towards experience for Windies tour


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Pakistan selectors lean towards experience for Windies tour
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LONDON – Pakistan recalled fast bowlers Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah to their Test squad for the Tour of West Indies, while they have included uncapped batsman Azam Khan for the five Twenty20 Internationals to be played on the trip.

Abbas, 31, and Naseem, 18, missed recent series against South Africa and Zimbabwe, but they have found favour with selectors for the Tour, which is scheduled to be staged from July 27 to August 25.

Veteran leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who earned Pakistan a dramatic 2-1 series win on their last Tour of the Caribbean four years ago, has been included, subject to an improvement in his fitness.

Shah, 35, missed the Tour of Zimbabwe with a knee injury and is yet to fully recover.

Selectors have included the 33-year-old uncapped leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood, the 34-year-old left-arm spinner Nauman Ali and 27-year-old off-spinner Sajid Khan for the trip.

Another left-arm spinner Imad Wasim, 32, has been recalled for the T20 series after missing Pakistan’s last three assignments.

Pakistan will first travel to England for three One-day Internationals and three T20Is from July 8 to 20 before heading to the Caribbean on July 21.

Squads:

Test: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain) (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Yasir Shah, and Zahid Mahmood.

T20Is: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim JR, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir.

(CMC)