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Fawad Dropped While Five Uncapped Players Picked For England and Ireland Test

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While Imam has been given a chance in the longest format of the game after his blistering century on his ODI debut against Sri Lanka late a year ago, Ashraf has been included in Test squad on the back of some impressive performances in the shorter formats of the game.

Nepotism is at its peak in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) where chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has preferred his nephew Imam-ul-Haq to the most consistent domestic performer Fawad Alam in the Test squad for England series to be held next month.

Alam played his last Test match against New Zealand in 2009. Despite it being one of his worst seasons in the domestic circuit, Fawad was the sixth highest run-scorer of the tournament with 570 runs at an average just above 40.

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Dennis, who had launched a crowdfunding campaign a year ago in a bid to visit Pakistan and help revive cricket in the country, uploaded a video of the left-arm spinner with captions, that did not attribute to what Fawad was saying.

"Yasir's absence is a big loss for us", chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "He played a big part in all the games we won". "I hope he recovers quickly from his injury because we have some big home Test series coming up after this series too, and we will need him in the UAE".

Pakistan will a Test against Ireland, which will the European side's first ever game in the longest format, in Malahide from 11-15 May.

Pakistan will leave for England on April 30th and play a warm-up game against Kent before facing Ireland in their debut Test match.

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