Fawad Alam's exclusion from Test squad leaves Twitterati baffled


As many as five players could be in line for their Test debuts over the three games, which include Inzamam's nephew Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Salahuddin, Saad Ali and Faheem Ashraf.

The exclusion of 32-year-old Fawad Alam - who has a first-class batting average of over 55 - from the Test squad for the England and Ireland tour announced on Sunday left Twitter users and sports journalists in Pakistan searching for answers.

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Opener Imam-ul-Haq has already made his ODI debut, where he scored a century against Sri Lanka last October and is set to make his Test debut during the English summer. Despite it being one of his worst seasons in the domestic circuit, Fawad was the sixth highest run-scorer of the tournament with 570 runs at an average just above 40. Attempting to make up for his absence will be Shadab Khan, who has played a solitary Test, against the Windies previous year.

Dennis, who had launched a crowdfunding campaign previous year in a bid to visit Pakistan and help revive cricket in the country, uploaded a video of the left-arm spinner with captions, that did not attribute to what Fawad was saying.

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Spinner Shadab Khan has also been chosen to replace the injured Yasir Shah, who is set to miss the tour with a hip problem. Secondly, we've borne in mind that the World Cup next year is in England.

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. He was our strike bowler, all the games we've won he played a big part in. When asked whether Wahab was excluded because of Head Coach Mickey Arthur's recent criticism of the player, Inzi said the pacer "has not performed well recently".

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The Asian side will then travel to England to play two Tests, at Lord's (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5).