KARACHI - Pakistan Saturday included in-form Babar Azam for the first Test against the West Indies, Asia's first day-night match to be played with a pink ball.

The 21-year-old batsman notched up 360 runs during the West Indies one-day series that ended Wednesday. Azam, who has played 18 one-day internationals and four Twenty20s, has yet to play a Test. Senior batsman Younis Khan will, however, miss the first of the three Tests as he continues recovering from dengue fever. The squad for the other two Tests will be announced later.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said Azam was being rewarded for his prolific form. "We felt Azam did very well on the big stage and is in good form so we have included him in the team so he could be groomed," Inzamam said.  The selectors have dropped misfiring openers Mohammad Hafeez and Shan Masood from the 15-man squad which levelled the four-match Test series against England 2-2.

Inzamam explained the axing of other regular openers. "We consulted the captain (Misbah-ul-Haq) and coach (Mickey Arthur) and they wanted the same combination which played in the Oval Test where Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam had opened," said Inzamam of Pakistan's last Test in August.

He hoped Younis would recover in time for the second Test. The second Test starts in Abu Dhabi from October 21 while the final Test is in Sharjah from October 30. The opening match, in Dubai from October 13, will only be the second Test played under lights and with a pink ball, instead of the usual red.

Australia played the first-ever day-night Test in Adelaide in November last year in an attempt to beef up dwindling crowds for the five-day matches. Left-arm spinning all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz, who has yet to play a Test, is also part of the Pakistan squad.

Pakistan can snatch back No1 Test spot from India: Inzamam

National chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is "disappointed" at Pakistan not playing India in Test matches but believes that his country can snatch back the number one ranking from them by doing well against other countries.

"What can one say on this Indian refusal since 2007 to play us in Test matches. It is disappointing for me as I have played and captained against India in both countries and I know how much these matches mean to people of both countries and cricket world," Inzamam told PTI in an interview.

"There is nothing we can do but Pakistan is still capable of beating other teams and get back the number one Test spot from India," the former Test captain said.

He said Pakistan deserved a lot of credit for even having overcome the issue of not being able to play at home since last six years.

"India is playing 13 Tests at home in the next few months, we have not played at home since 2009. But I still believe this Pakistan team can do well anywhere and against anyone," he said.

"The way we fought back from 1-2 down to level the series in England was a heartening performance. India has not done that well outside their country in Tests. They lost their last series in England."

Inzamam said Pakistan was blessed with some quality young players and had the right balance with experienced performers as well. He also felt that Pakistan will have their best chance of doing well in Australia in Tests and ODIs when they go down under later this year.

“Whenever we toured Australia our batsmen always struggled there because of the bouncy tracks. But I think now every Board wants Tests to last for five days to save their commercial interests and nowadays even pitches in Australia are not that fast or bouncy. I think the way our team is playing this time we have a very solid opportunity to upset them in their own backyard,” Inzamam stated.

Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Amir, Imran Khan, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali.