Amir axed from huge Pakistan Test squad

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Pakistan have axed star paceman Mohammad Amir from their extended Test squad to face Australia in their two-match series in the United Arab Emirates.

A day after their Asia Cup exit, Pakistan announced a 17-player squad for the campaign against Australia beginning October 7 in Dubai.Amir, who returned from a five-year ban for match-fixing in January 2016, had a wicketless Asia Cup in which he was dropped for two matches.

The 26-year-old is the most notable absentee from the group, while fiery quick Wahab Riaz has been handed a recall.

Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan.

“The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions of the UAE,” said selection chief Inzaman-ul-Haq. “Mohammad Amir has been dropped from the side while Wahab Riaz and Mir Hamza have been picked.”

Amir took just one wicket at 164.00 in Pakistan’s most recent Test series in the UAE, against Sri Lanka last year.