The other new faces in the 16-member squad include batsmen Fakhar Zaman, Saad Ali and Usman Salahuddin.
Many are believing that a case of nepotism and favouritism is prevailing in Pakistan, as the current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq selected his nephew Imam-ul-Haq over Alam despite his average of 55 in first-class cricket.
Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali were four pace bowlers selected with left-arm quick Wahab Riaz left out after coach Mickey Arthur questioned his work ethic. So we can say that they will have a long and important stay in Europe.
Batsman Shan Masood was also overlooked as he is now recovering from a knee injury.
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan will fill in for slow-bowling spearhead Yasir Shah who is out with a hip injury.
Defending the selection committee's decision, chief selector said that Fawad is a good player and they obviously can't ignore his career average, that is why he was brought into the camp.
Faheem Ashraf, the uncapped all-rounder, was also included in the Test squad on the back of some impressive performances in the shorter formats of the game. "He played a big part in all the games we won". "I hope he recovers quickly from his injury because we have some big home Test series coming up after this series too, and we will need him in the UAE". One, we've tried to strengthen our batting line-up.
"The World Cup next year is in England".
"This is a great opportunity for us, particularly our batsmen, to gain experience in this conditions". So we've chose to call up several young players to give them exposure to those conditions.
Ireland will play their first-ever Test against Pakistan from May 11-15 in Dublin. The second Test will be held at Headingley in Leeds on June 1.