Pakistan announce 12 member squad for Lord’s Test
The first game of the four match test series between Pakistan and England will start from Thursday at the prestigious Lord’s ground.
The 12-member squad include: Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Yasir Shah and Imran Khan.
Pakistan had last toured England back in 2010. The tour was mired by the spot-fixing scandal after which Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were handed jail sentences and were banned from playing international for five years.
Amir will be making his return to the longest format of the game at the same venue where his professional career came to a screeching halt.
Teams and officials for the first Test between England and Pakistan at Lord’s on Thursday:
Alastair Cook (capt), Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Jake Ball
Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wkt), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI), Joel Wilson (WIS)
TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)
Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)