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Pak vs Zim: Zimbabwe include 5 debutants against Pakistan for Test series

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Zimbabwe has taken a risk by picking five uncapped players for the two-match Test series against Pakistan, which begins on Thursday. 

Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarava, Roy Kaia, Milton Shumba, and Tanaka Chivanga have all been included in the 16-player Test match squad for the Pakistan series, according to the International Cricket Council. 

Jongwe was able to earn a spot in the squad after impressing the selectors with his success in the recently concluded T20I series with Pakistan, where he took the most wickets. Throughout the three-match series, Jongwe had taken nine wickets. 

Brendan Taylor has been summoned to the Zimbabwe team after skipping the last Test series against Afghanistan in the United Arab Emirates due to illness. His inclusion in the squad would give Zimbabwe a boost. 

Read more: Zimbabwe stunned Pakistan by beating in second T20I

He has played in 31 Test matches and has six centuries and 11 centuries in 199 One-Day Internationals. 

Craig Ervine and Wesley Madhevere will miss the match due to injury; Ervine is out with a calf injury, while Madhevere, who scored a half-century in the final T20I, is out with a hamstring injury. 

Sikandar Raza, a Pakistan-born Zimbabwe cricketer, will also miss the Test series due to treatment for a bone marrow infection. 

The first Test between the two teams will take place in Harare on Thursday, April 29. 

Zimbabwe Test Squad: Sean Williams (c), Regis Chakabva, Tendai Chisoro, Tanaka Chivanga, Luke Jongwe, Roy Kaia, Kevin Kasuza, Wellington Masakadza, Prince Masvaure, Tarisai Musakanda, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Milton Shumba, Brendan Taylor, Donald Tiripano 

Pakistan Test Squad: Babar Azam (c), M.Rizwan (Keeper), Azhar Ali, Abid Ali, Agha Salman, Abdullah Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf,  Fawad Alam, Harris Rauf, Hassan Ali, Imran Butt, M. Nawaz, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel,  Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dhani, Tabish Khan, Zahid Mehmood 

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