Will cheer for Pakistan team from home: Fawad Alam

Wahab Riaz hopeful of return to team

Besides Imam, opener Fakhar Zaman, batsmen Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali, and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf are the other four uncapped members to have received maiden Test call-ups.

Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of former Pakistan skipper and current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, is in line for a Test debut.

Alam, 32-year-old, who scored 10,742 runs in 145 first-class matches with the average of 55.37 has not been selected in the National Cricket team for upcoming Ireland and England test series. His highest score of 232 came earlier this season.

Dennis, who had launched a crowdfunding campaign past 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.

Earlier, Pakistan suffered a major setback last week when ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah was ruled out of the tour with a hip bone fracture.

"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", Haq said. "If we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan. So we have chose to call up several young players to give them exposure to those conditions", Inzamam told reporters during the press conference.

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.

"We have tried to strengthen our batting and also considered giving a chance to youngsters [on the tour] as the next World Cup is in England", the Dawn quoted Inzamam, as saying. "He played a big part in all the games we won".

Meanwhile, Inzamam revealed that Wahab has been excluded from the squad as he has not been performing well recently. Pakistan will then play two Tests against England - at Lord's (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5).



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