LAHORE: After playing his last Test six years ago, middle-order batsman Fawad Alam has been called back to the Pakistan’s ranks for their upcoming series against England in October.
A prolific performer in all formats, the Karachi-born cricketer averages a staggering 56.76 after 117 first-class appearances with an undefeated 296 being his highest score among 23 centuries. Alam is also rated among the country’s top fielders.
Pakistan’s Test squad for England series:
But before taking on Ashes-winning England side, Pakistan will be travelling to Zimbabwe for two Twenty20 Internationals and three ODIs starting September 27.
Middle-order batsman Sohaib Maqsood has made a comeback to that side and will be making the Zimbabwe trip after last playing for Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup.
Rookie paceman Imran Khan junior was rewarded for his excellent bowling in domestic cricket.
The 27-year-old took 16 wickets to help Peshawar defend the National T20 title in Rawalpindi on Tuesday, claiming his second successive best bowler award after also winning it in 2014.
“We have rewarded some outstanding performers in the recently concluded tournament and Imran was one of them,” chief selector Haroon Rasheed said in a press statement.
The 25-year-old uncapped pace bowling all-rounder Amir Yamin was also included for the two T20 matches in Harare on September 27 and 29.
Pakistan arrive on September 24. The teams play three ODI games between October 1-5, with all fixtures on the tour to be staged at the Harare Sports Club.
Pakistan’s T20 and ODI squad for Zimbabwe tour:
Shahid Afridi (captain)
Imran Khan junior
Azhar Ali (captain)