Pakistan selectors overlooked 32-year-old batsman Fawad Alam despite strong domestic form as they picked five uncapped players in the 16-man squad for their Tests against Ireland and England starting next month.
Like Zaman, Imam, Salahuddin and Ashraf have all played limited overs cricket, but Saad has yet to make his worldwide debut.
All-rounder Fawad Alam failed to make the cut yet again, even though he has been performing consistently for the last few seasons.
Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali were four pace bowlers selected with left-arm quick Wahab Riaz left out after coach Mickey Arthur questioned his work ethic.
Most Twitter users criticised the selection of Saad Ali - Karachi based upper order batsman who was the highest run-scorer in last year's Quaid-e-Azam Trophy - and Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq's nephew Imamul Haq, both of whom have an average much less than Fawad's in the domestic circuit.
Earlier, Pakistan suffered a major setback last week when ace leg-spinner Yasir Shah was ruled out of the tour with a hip bone fracture. "I hope he recovers quickly from his injury because we have some big home Test series coming up after this series too, and we will need him in the UAE".
"The World Cup next year is in England". So we've made a decision to call up several young players to give them exposure to those conditions.
Pakistan are the opponents for Ireland's first Test match in Malahide, with the historic game getting underway on May 11.
Fawad has played three tests for Pakistan and also scored a brilliant knock of 168 runs on his second Test innings against Sri Lanka in 2009.