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Pakistan shortlist 20-player squad for England Tests

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have named the 20 players who will be considered for selection for their three-match Test series against England.

The nine players who have not been included in the squad will remain with the group and will continue to train ahead of the T20I series which follows the Tests. Those nine players are Fakhar Zahman, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain and Musa Khan.

Pakistan have been playing intra-squad warm-up fixtures, with Sohail Khan in particular making use of the matches to push his case for selection come the first Test on 5 August. He claimed 5/50, including the wickets of Abid Ali and Sarfaraz Ahmed, in the first match, before taking 5/37 in a low-scoring second game as he removed the top three of Shan Masood, Abid Ali and captain Azhar Ali all for single figures.

Keeper Mohammad Rizwan demonstrated his form with the bat during the first warm-up game, scoring an unbeaten hundred to push his case over that of former captain Sarfaraz.

Squad: Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam (vc), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Imam ul haq, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah.

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