Babar Azam scored consecutive centuries in first and second ODI against West Indies    AFP
Babar Azam scored consecutive centuries in first and second ODI against West Indies AFP

Karachi: Pakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam has been included in the Test squad for the upcoming three-match series against West Indies, beginning from October 13 in the UAE. Azam s inclusion in the five-day format comes following his commendable back-to-back centuries in the ongoing three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against the Caribbean side. Azam is likely to replace all-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed, who was the part of the Test squad that toured England. Besides Azam, all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz is also expected to be named in the squad as an additional player to provide back up to spinners Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Test at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

The final squad for the Test series against West Indies is expected to be declared by October 8. Pakistan clinched the ODI series against West Indies, taking lead by 2-0. Post match, Azam made special revelations regarding his favourite shot and speaking to The Tribune Express, Azam said, “When I hit it through covers.” Babar scored unbeaten 55 off 37 balls courtesy six boundaries and two sixes to guide his team home with 34 balls and nine wickets remaining against the visiting West Indies in the first of three-match T20Is in Dubai.

Azam was asked what changed after Sarfraz Ahmed s promotion to Pakistan T20I captain, The team management has given us confidence and Sarfraz also helps everyone a lot. ALSO READ: Pakistan vs West Indies, 2nd ODI: Babar Azam slams second consecutive century

Babar also praised coach Mickey Arthur and that his presence brought the difference for Pakistan across formats. On the question of his fitness, Babar was quite happy to comment that he was fit and in perfect condition.