Karachi: Pakistan selectors on Wednesday picked two leg-spinners and a rookie pace bowler in the squad for the three Test series against the West Indies later this month.
Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said that the squad has been selected after consulting head coach Mickey Arthur and captain Misbah ul Haq.
"The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in the West Indies and the recent performances of players during the domestic and international season," Inzamam said.
"The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and believe that team will do well on the tour," he said.
The series is expected to bring the curtain down on Misbah's career, having led the Test squad since late 2010.
The selectors have rewarded seamer Mohammad Abbas for being the top wicket-taker this domestic season and they have also kept faith in young leg-spinner Shadab Khan who will team up with the experienced Yasir Shah and left-arm spinner, Mohammad Asghar.
Asghar and Shadab are yet to play Test cricket for Pakistan, although the latter has made an impressive international debut in the just-concluded T20 series, grabbing 10 wickets in the four-match series that Pakistan won 3-1.
Shah has been Pakistan's leading Test wicket-taker since late 2014.
Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (C), Sarfaraz Ahmad, Ahmad Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Shaan Masood, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Asghar, Muhammad Aamir, Hassan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Abbas.
Published Date: Apr 05, 2017 11:39 pm | Updated Date: Apr 05, 2017 11:39 pm