Pakistan call up in-form Azam for Tests


Lahore: Babar Azam, the middle-order batsman, and Mohammd Nawaz, the left-arm spinner, have earned maiden Test call-ups for the first of Pakistan's upcoming three-match series against West Indies in the UAE. Incidentally, the Dubai Test will be the first pink-ball Test for both the teams, and only the second overall.

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Azam shattered many records as he notched up three consecutive centuries in the preceding One-Day International series against the visitors which Pakistan swept 3-0.

Out of the players who visited England for the four-match Test series, Ifitkhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez and Shan Masood have been left out of the 14-member squad for the series opener in Dubai.

Younis Khan, on the other hand, is recovering from dengue fever and has already been ruled out of Pakistan's maiden day-night Test.

Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Imran Khan, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Sami Aslam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz