Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz, who submitted an offer for the longest format of the game last year, is ready to remake for the national Test side after being named in the squad of 20 members elected for the upcoming series against England.
The two sides are scheduled to play a Test series of three matches and as many as T20 International, starting July 5 at the Old Trafford Cricket Stadium in Manchester. The series will also mark the return of international cricket to Pakistan because cricket was disrupted in March. because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, Riaz had expressed his desire to return to red ball cricket for Pakistan. The 35-year-old played last for his national team during the Test match against Australia in October 2018.
The unpaved spinner, Imran Khan Jr. and versatile Kashif Bhatti also received a nod in the selected squad for their tour of England.
Pacer Mohammad Amir, who was also called to join Pakistani forces for their camp in Britain, has been left behind for the upcoming Test series.
Meanwhile, the remaining nine players, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain and Musa Khan will continue to train with the national squad for the next three matches against Twenty20I. England, starting August 28 in Manchester.
Pakistan’s selected squad is as follows:
Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Imran Khan Sr., Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk) ), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah