(ESPNCricinfo) – Middle-order batsman Babar Azam and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz earned maiden Test call-ups, for the first Test against West Indies in the UAE. Azam’s selection came right after he scored three consecutive centuries in Pakistan’s 3-0 ODI whitewash over West Indies.Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Hafeez and Shan Masood were the players left out of the team that went to England this summer, as Pakistan named a 14-man squad for the Dubai Test,starting October 13. Younis Khan had already been ruled out of Pakistan’s maiden day-night Test, because he was recovering from dengue.The squad consisted of only five specialist batsmen in Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Azam, Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq, meaning Pakistan are likely to play Sarfraz Ahmed at No. 6, and allrounder Nawaz at No. 7;or go in with five specialist bowlers.Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq acknowledged that Pakistan have been struggling to find quality allrounders and hoped Nawaz could be the answer. “We have been searching for one who can bat in the lower order and bowl as well. And if you look at Nawaz, he has got a good first-class record. It shows he has been promising with the bat and has competed as a bowler.”Nawaz has 1440 runs and 44 wickets, including three centuries and a seven-wicket haul,in 29 first-class matches.Azam, 21, was picked in the squad after a prolific run in one-day cricket for Pakistan this year, scoring 656 runs in 11 innings at an average of 59 and a strike rate of 95. He made his ODI debut in the home series against Zimbabwe in May 2015, and has 886 runs in 18 matches. Azam averages 41.13 in first-class cricket, having scored 1522 runs in 41 innings for five different teams.Hafeez played three Tests on the tour of England, making 102 runs in six innings, before he was dropped for the last match at The Oval, which Pakistan won to draw the series 2-2. He played the one-off ODI against Ireland and the first ODI against England before he suffered a leg injury and returned home. After recovering,Hafeez was asked by the selectors to play in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, Pakistan’s first-class competition, and he made 68 in both innings of his first game for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines.Inzamam said that this was because they didn’t want the players sitting on the bench for too long. “Those who are good but weren’t able to perform in England, we made them play in first-class cricket. We didn’t want them to waste their time on the bench but rather they play some cricket and get themselves back into form.”Hafeez earned a spot in the PCB Patron’s XI against the West Indians in Sharjah, but he made a duck in the first innings and was left out of the Test squad.
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Several renowned people from BiH commented the upcoming match between Greece and BiH, among them were BiH journalist Marjan Mijajlović, BiH basketball player Zack Wright, journalist Senad Hadžifejzović, famous Croatian football player Mario Stanić and member of BIH Presidency Željko Komšić.Mijajlović said that he expect tough match, but he’s convinced that BIH team will defeat Greece with Džeko being the one to score the goal and added that he thinks that BiH will defeat Greece with 1:0 in a very hard match.Wright said that if BiH players play a good match, the way they can, the match would be good, and he hopes BiH will win with 1:0.Famous BiH journalist Senad Hadžifejszović said that the loss must not be an option, but it is not imperative that BiH team wins, and added that he hopes that Pjanić will play and that Misimović will show a very good play, and hopes for the result 1:0.Komšić hopes that BiH team will win with 2:0, and Stanić said that he hopes that BiH will defeat Greece.Ambassador of Greece in BiH Karolos Gadis said that he hopes for a good match in Zenica and he hopes that both teams will qualify to World Cup 2014 which will be held in Brazil.
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