LAHORE - Fast bowler M Aamir, who spent time in jail and served a five-year ban for spot-fixing, has been named in Pakistan's Test squad to face England for a four-match Test series starting next month.

The 24-year-old’s participation in the event is subjected to getting an England visa and the youngster is expected to receive his visa in the next couple of days following a special request for leniency from the Pakistan Cricket Board which is also has backing of England and Wales Cricket Board. Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said Aamir would receive a visa. "Aamir is expected to get visa in the next couple of days and Hafeez is also cleared by medical staff so we have included him," Inzamam told a press conference.

The newly appointed chief selector said that the team was finalised after consulting with the coach Micky Arthur, who is yet to join the Men in Green after being appointed as the head coach last month. “It is unfortunate that our new coach Micky Arthur could not join the team, as we wanted him to see the players before finalising the squad,” said Inzamam. “But we have finalised the 17-member squad after consulting with him, and he will join the team in the near future.”

The Test squad will be led by Misbah-ul-Haq, who took on the captaincy in October 2010, a few months after the spot-fixing scandal. Opener Hafeez was selected subject to his full recovery from a knee injury sustained two months ago, with selectors deciding to include him after team medics said he would regain fitness in the next few days.

Regular opener Ahmed Shehzad was not selected over disciplinary problems, leaving the opening positions to the inexperienced left-handed pair of Shan Masood, who has played seven Tests, and Sami Aslam, who has played one. Aslam, 20, however, starred against England during a Pakistan junior team tour in 2013, when he hit three centuries. Pakistan's batting will also be tested but the experienced Younus Khan -- who toured England in 2001 and 2006 -- will be their mainstay.

Besides Younus, Azhar Ali and Hafeez are the only two who have played previously played Tests in England before.

After a long time, the PCB named a back-up wicketkeeper - Mohammad Rizwan - who is yet to make his Test debut. He has played 15 ODIs and nine T20Is since his international debut against Bangladesh last year.  Inzamam said Rizwan was picked to take some workload off Sarfraz Ahmed since it was a long tour.

"Rizwan has been playing in T20s and he has been doing well in ODIs," Inzamam said. "We are sending two keepers because there are four Tests and it will be a good opportunity for Rizwan too."

Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan and Imran Khan will round out the pace attack while leg spinner Yasir Shah and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar are the two spinners.

Legspinner Yasir was picked for his first international series after the end of his doping ban in March. The bowler had missed Pakistan's tour to New Zealand, the Asia Cup T20 and the World T20 after he was given a three-month suspension by the ICC.

Yasir was provisionally suspended under the ICC's Anti-Doping Code in December after he tested positive for a banned substance, chlortalidone, and a three-month suspension was given after he pleaded guilty to breaching the code. The penalty, which was backdated to December, ended on March 27. The legspinner, however, did suffer an injury scare last month, when he missed the fitness camp in Abbottabad after aggravating an old knee injury. Zulfiqar was the other spinner named in the squad.

 Inzamam said the selectors were keeping an eye on Junaid Khan's progress too, but he needed more time to recover before being picked for an international tour.

"Junaid had a knee injury and struggled a bit after that," Inzamam said. "It will take him some time now to get back into rhythm and then we will consider him again. We have picked Sohail instead because his performance has been very good. I saw him bowl during the camp and he is in really good rhythm. Inshallah he will do well on the England tour."

The last time Pakistan toured England for a Test series was in 2010 and their last Test series outside the subcontinent against one of the top eight sides was to South Africa in early 2013. Pakistan lost all three Tests on that tour and Inzamam admitted touring outside Asia was something that bothered him. "My only concern is that we have hardly played outside (the subcontinent) in the last six-seven years," Inzamam said. "Otherwise the Pakistani team is known to play aggressive cricket across the world. I think that is the strength of this team - aggression."

Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez (subject to fitness), Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan, Imran Khan.