Pakistan recalls Naseem and Abbas for West Indies Tests

Both the fast bowlers were dropped after the team's 2-0 drubbing in New Zealand this year and missed the subsequent home series against South Africa and the Zimbabwe tour.

Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah.   -  Getty Images

Pakistan recalled teenage fast-bowler Naseem Shah and seamer, Mohammad Abbas, on Friday for the team's two-Test series in the West Indies in August. The selectors also picked leg-spinner Yasir Shah who is yet to recover fully from a knee injury.

Both the fast bowlers were dropped after the team's 2-0 drubbing in New Zealand this year and missed the subsequent home series against South Africa and the Zimbabwe tour.

Meanwhile, Shah's selection was subject to the 35-year-old clearing a fitness test, chief selector Mohammad Wasim said in a statement.

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"He was sidelined due to a knee injury after the second Test against South Africa earlier this year and was expected to reclaim complete fitness for the West Indies tour," Wasim said.

"It, however, has not been the case, but we remain hopeful that he will complete his rehabilitation before the departure."

Pakistan also announced its limited-overs squads, which will play three One-Dayers and an equal number of Twenty20 matches in England next month before heading to the West Indies.

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Uncapped Sindh batsman Azam Khan is the new face in the 20-overs squad.

Babar Azam's men will play five Twenty20 Internationals in West Indies before the Test matches at the Sabina Park in Jamaica.

Squads

ODIs: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir

T20Is: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir

Tests: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan, Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Yasir Shah (subject to fitness), Zahid Mahmood

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