Wasim Akram at a presser after Pakistan's squad announcement for 2018 tour of England and Ireland:

"Tough tour ahead, Pakistan needs a strong middle order."

"The Test against Ireland could be tough, the wickets will be soft in early May with rain around and slow medium pacers come into the equation as the ball keeps moving around, England will be tough for sure also."

"Fakhar Zaman in the Test squad is a big thing. Maybe like Warner and Sehwag, he can put pressure on the opposition. In England, the Dukes ball makes it ideal conditions for the bowlers."

"Wahab bowled well in PSL but PSL is different from Test cricket. He's been expensive, though he does get wickets but he isn't consistent. I think the way Rahat is bowling now means he'll be a better option, he's swinging the ball at pace."

"If your first six batsmen don't do the job, I don't think the other four will. There should be 6-8 batsmen in the squad. With Inzamam at the helm, I think so far he's making the right decisions."

"The present form matters, not senior junior. I know the mentality of the team management. Mickey Arthur wants Pakistan cricket to flourish, not now or tomorrow but in the next 10 years. He's implementing fitness standards."

"Yasir Shah bowled well in PSL but he looked a bit overweight. Perhaps because of that he got a fracture, Pakistan will miss him as he was a top bowler in the world. Shadab has to step up his performances, Test cricket is very difficult. You have to get the batsmen out, they don't get out themselves like in T20s."