Five uncapped players in Pakistan's Cricket Test squad

Five uncapped players in Pakistan's Cricket Test squad

Shan Masood, the opener, misses out due to a knee injury while there was no place for experienced pacer Wahab Riaz in the 16-member squad announced by Inzamam-ul-Haq, the Pakistan Cricket Board chief selector, on Sunday 15 April.

The 22-year-old - who made his ODI debut last year - earned a call-up for the tour of Ireland and England next month.

Despite it being one of his worse seasons in the domestic circuit, Fawad was the sixth highest run-scorer of the tournament with 570 runs at an average just above 40.

Mohammad Amir will lead a relatively inexperienced pace attack, which includes Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas and Rahat Ali.

Alam, among the 25 players called up for the training camp recently held in Lahore, 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. As a result, Shadab Khan, who has played one Test to date, will assume the role of Pakistan's frontline spinner.

"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", Inzamam said. "He played a big part in all the games we won".

Haris Sohail, who retains his place after he made his debut in the home series loss against Sri Lanka previous year, may also find himself in a crucial all-around role with his part-time spin.

It is a squad that contains a notably large batting contingent, with youth more prevalent than experience at first glance - all told, as many as five players could be in line for their Test debuts over the three games, with two others having played a combined three Test matches.

Ireland play their inaugural Test against Pakistan in Malahide from May 11th-15th before they take on England in Tests at Lord's (May 24th-28th) and Headingley (June 1st-5th).