Arthur announces Pakistan line-up for Lord’s test

Shukriya Pakistan

LONDON: Pakistan has announced the 12-men line-up including the man-in-limelight, Mohammad Amir, for the opening test against England at Lord’s.

Uniquely, the newly appointed head coach, Mickey Arthur performed the duty of announcing the line-up, initially, 12 names are announced, however, the final XI will be decided before the toss keeping playing conditions in view.

The emerging Pakistani leg-spinner, Yasir Shah will also be making a comeback in Lord’s after serving a three month ban for consuming banned substance.

Pakistan is going with the tried and tested combination featuring the strong middle order in the likes of Younis Khan, Misbah Ul Haq and Asad Shafiq.

On the other hand, English skipper, Alastair Cook also announced his troop for the first test, Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball will be making his international debut in absence of England’s most successful and experienced pacer, James Anderson, who is recovering from a shoulder injury.

The first test will kick off from tomorrow at Lord’s, Pakistan is scheduled to play a four-match test series, five-match ODI series and a T20 international on English shore.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan

England: Alastair Cook (capt), Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Jake Ball