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Amir in Test squad for England series

Left-arm paceman expected to get British visa soon; leggie Yasir too returns after three-month suspension

Amir in Test squad for England series - Cricket News
Mohammad Amir features in Pakistan’s Test squad for its tour of England.
Mohammad Amir made a return to Pakistan’s Test squad for its tour of England, six years after he received a ban for spot-fixing against the same opponent.
 
Amir, who had served his five-year ban and also a custodial sentence for the offence, made a comeback to domestic cricket in September last year, and subsequently returned to Pakistan’s Twenty20 side earlier this year, touring New Zealand before featuring in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh and the World T20 in India.
 
The Misbah-ul-Haq-led team is scheduled to leave for England for the four-Test series on June 18.
 
“Amir is expected to get visa in the next couple of days and (Mohammad) Hafeez is also cleared by medical staff, so we have included him,” Inzamam-ul-Haq, the chief selector, said at a press conference on Sunday (June 5).
 
Amir has taken 51 wickets in 14 Tests, the last of which was against England at Lord’s in August 2010.
 
Barring any visa problem or injury, he is set to open the bowling for Pakistan when they take the field for the first Test on July 14 at Lord’s. His return gives a big boost to Pakistan’s pace bowling department, which also includes Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan and Imran Khan.
 
Yasir Shah, the legspinner who was banned for three months for doping charges in February this year, has returned to the side. He and Zulfiqar Babar, the left-arm spinner, are the two specialist tweakers in the squad.
 


Mohammad Hafeez, the opener, was selected after team medics said he would regain fitness in the next few days after a knee injury sustained two months ago.
 
The inexperienced duo of Shan Masood, who has played seven Tests, and Sami Aslam, who has played one, are expected to take charge of the opening roles.
 
Younis Khan — who toured England in 2001 and 2006 — will be Pakistan’s mainstay. Besides Younis and Amir, Azhar Ali and Hafeez are the only others who have played previously played Tests in England before.
 
The squads for the five One-Day Internationals and a one-off Twenty20 International will be announced later.
 
Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez (subject to fitness), Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan, Imran Khan.
 

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