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PCB announces 25-man probables for England tour

Fawad Alam has returned to the setup following consistent performances in the domestic cricket.

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced the 25-man probable squad for the upcoming tour of England and Ireland. Sarfraz Ahmed led side is scheduled to leave for the tour in the first week of May when they will face Ireland in a historic one-off Test match which will begin on May 11. The home side will make their debut in the longest format of the game after achieving the Test status last. However, their England tour will officially commence on May 24 with a two-match Test series.

It will be a stern test for the team in whites as they have generally struggled in the country and the onus will be on the youngsters following the retirements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan. The selected 25 players will take part in the initial camp after which the final squad will be trimmed to 15 or 16 members and their camp will continue from April 18 and 22.

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Who all are picked?

PCB have selected some of the exciting talents as they aim to better their record in the away tours. Fawad Alam has finally returned to the set up after a long international exile and he will have to do well to be picked in the final squad. Usman Salahuddin and Hussain Talat are also few of the new names in the line-up as the board has also concentrated developing the players on the tour.

As a part of a player development program, the likes of Shaheen Afridi and Musa Khan will attend the camp and if impressed have a great chance of being picked for the tour. The rest of the line-up looks similar which faced Sri Lanka in UAE last year. However, PCB has also cleared that Yasir Shah and Shan Masood have been considered due to their respective injuries. Mohammad Amir’s name has been included after there were reports that his workload will be managed by cutting down his number of Test matches.

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