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Pakistan call up teenage leg-spinner Shahdab Khan for Windies tests
April 5, 2017 / 2:47 PM / 8 months ago

Pakistan call up teenage leg-spinner Shahdab Khan for Windies tests

(Reuters) - Pakistan have called up leg-spinner Shahdab Khan to their test squad for the first time for their three-test series against the West Indies starting in Kingston on April 21.

The 18-year-old made his international debut in Pakistan’s Twenty20 international series win against West Indies last month and was named Player of the Series after picking up 10 wickets in four matches.

Shahdab is one of four uncapped players in the 16-member squad alongside middle order batsman Usman Salahuddin and pace bowlers Hasan Ali and Mohammad Abbas.

“The Test team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions in West Indies and the recent performances of players during the domestic and international season,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and (we) believe that team will do well in the tour.”

Misbah-ul-Haq will continue to skipper the side, which includes seven changes to the 17-member squad that toured Australia in December-January.

Experienced leg-spinner Yasir Shah will lead Pakistan’s spin attack and is joined by left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar, who did not get a game in Australia.

Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shahdab Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas.

(This version of the story was corrected to say Shahdab called up for the first time not for the first time in three test series)

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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