Inzamam's nephew in Pakistan squad for tour of Ireland and England

Imam, Inzamam's nephew, in line for Test debut

Imam, Inzamam's nephew, in line for Test debut

Cricket commentator Dennis Freedman trolled "ignored" Pakistani player Fawad Alam as he edited a video interview of him, recorded after he was dropped from the Test squad for team's upcoming tour of Ireland and England. Fawad, among the 25 players called up for the training camp recently held at the Gaddafi Stadium, scored an impressive 19 in the Yo-Yo Endurance Test, ahead of skipper Sarfraz and much younger players Hassan Ali, Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman. His highest score of 232 came earlier this season.

Pakistan Super League's (PSL) top performer Wahab Riaz has been excluded from the national squad, while the South Asian team will also miss the services of prolific leg-spinner Yasir Shah owing to a hip injury.

Joining Imam-ul-Haq are fellow uncapped batsmen Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Usman Salahuddin. Shadab is the only specialist spin-bowling option in the squad, with Haris Sohail's part-time slow left-arm orthodox potentially a useful addition.

Yasir's absence is a big loss, if we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan.

Inzamam-ul-Haq has said at a press conference that the World Cup next year is in England, so we have decided to make several young players a part of the England and Ireland tests to give them exposure to the conditions. "He played a big part in all the games we won".

Pakistan's Test match against Ireland, which will get underway on May 11 in Dublin, will be a historic fixture as it will be the latter's first-ever Test match. Secondly, we've borne in mind that the World Cup next year is in England.

Pakistan will leave for England on April 30th and play a warm-up game against Kent before facing Ireland in their debut Test match.

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