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Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan Test squad but waits for UK visa ruling

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ISLAMABAD(By Raja ibrar )Mohammad Amir was banned for five years but has returned to international cricket and was granted a visa to play in New Zealand earlier this year.

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If his visa is rubber-stamped Amir will be eligible to play his first Test match since the spot-fix ban back at Lord’s on July 14.

Mohammad Asif and Salman But., who were also jailed, were not included in Pakistan’s squad.

Since returning from his suspension last September Amir has been a regular in Pakistan’s one-day and Twenty20 sides but has yet to make his return to Tests.

His good form makes him an automatic choice for the team. Barring any visa problem or injury he is expected to open the bowling for Pakistan.

The Test squad will be led by Misbah-ul-Haq, who took on the captaincy in October 2010, a few months after the spot-fixing scandal
Opener Mohammad Hafeez was selected subject to his full recovery from a knee injury sustained two months ago, with selectors deciding to include him after team medics said he would regain fitness in the next few days.

Regular opener Ahmed Shehzad was not selected over disciplinary problems, leaving the opening positions to the inexperienced left-handed pair of Shan Masood, who has played seven Tests, and Sami Aslam, who has played one.

Aslam, 20, however, starred against England during a Pakistan junior team tour in 2013, when he hit three centuries.

Pakistan’s batting will also be tested but the experienced Younis Khan – who toured England in 2001 and 2006 – will be their mainstay.

Besides Younis, Azhar Ali and Hafeez are the only two who have previously played Tests in England before.

Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan and Imran Khan will round out the pace attack while leg spinner Yasir Shah and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar are the two spinners.

The squads for five one-day internationals and a single Twenty20 will be announced later.

The team are likely to leave for the tour on June 18 and hold a training camp in Hampshire before their first match against Somerset starting on July 5 and another against Sussex from July 8.

Pakistan squad Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez (subject to fitness), Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan, Imran Khan.

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