Karachi: Pakistan included three uncapped players on Saturday in their squad for the two-Test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates. Batsman, Haris Sohail, pace bowler Imran Khan and leg spinner Yasir Shah were named in a squad trimmed down to 16.
Sohail, a left-hander, scored a century in the four-day tour match against Australia in Sharjah which concluded in a surprising victory for Pakistan A on Saturday.
Shah played one-day internationals against Zimbabwe in 2011. Veteran opener Taufiq Umar was recalled to the squad and Mohammad Hafeez has recovered from a hand injury.
"The side is a nice blend of experience and youth and it has been selected keeping in mind the World Cup 2015," chief selector Moin Khan said in a statement.
Pakistan have not defeated Australia in a Test match since 1995 and not won a Test series against them since 1994.
The first Test begins on October 22 in Dubai.
Pakistan squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Taufiq Umar, Younus Khan, Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (Capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Ehsan Adil, Muhammad Talha, Imran Khan, Rahat Ali, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar.