Pakistan have announced an 18-member squad for next month’s three-Test home series against England. Uncapped mystery spinner Abrar Ahmed and fast bowler Mohammad Ali have been named in the 18-member squad, while leg-spinner Yasir Shah, middle-order batter Fawad Alam, and fast bowler Hasan Ali have been dropped.
England will play a Test series in Pakistan 17 years after last touring the country in 2005. Pakistan has twice hosted England during this period in the United Arab Emirates.
“Mohammad Ali has shown great patience and control, and his numbers speak for his consistency,” chief selector Mohammad Wasim said on Monday.
“Abrar is in outstanding form this season, so it does make sense to make him available to (captain) Babar Azam so he can use the confidence and talent of this youngster in the upcoming series.”
England will be arriving later this week and will kick off the tour with the first Test at Rawalpindi on December 1. Multan will host the second Test from December 9-13 before Karachi hosts the final Test from December 17-21.