Pakistan to unveil 16-man squad for Sri Lanka series today

Ahmad Shahzad has not been included

Ahmad Shahzad has not been included

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah whose selection was in doubt with reference to his fitness but he passed the fitness test today and scored 17.5 hence got selected for the series.

"We are trying our youngsters".

Sohail has previously played 22 One-Day Internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan while Salahuddin has featured in two 50-over games that came in 2011. "Usman Salahuddin and Haris Sohail have been part of the squad in the last two to three series so that we can play them when the seniors retire", Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said in Lahore.

"I wanted to give them opportunity in home conditions to boost their confidence".

Other big inclusion was opener Sami Aslam who was recalled.

Left-arm fast bowler Hamza, 25, was picked for his strong domestic form, having claimed 216 wickets in 46 first-class matches. He last last played a Test for Pakistan in December. A fitness level before the match will determind their playing chances.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had earlier said that Yasir was suffering from a calf muscle problem and it had been made clear to him if he didn't meet fitness standards it would be hard to select him.

Inzamam also said that doctors had recommended top batsman Azhar Ali to take injections for his knee problem.

The former Test captain confirmed Yasir has reached the required standard and will be available when Pakistan play Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, where the first Test starts on Thursday.

Inzamam said Younis and Misbah were great players and it would take some time to replace them in the batting order but this was a phase that all teams faced and moved ahead.

Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Usman Salahuddin, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Mohammad Abbas, Bilal Asif, Mir Hamza and Wahab Riaz.

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