He said that the 34-year-old middle-order batsman was selected because of his past record over 4-5 years as well as his recent prolific scoring in domestic cricket. "He has a career average of 57 and is in great form right now as well".
Fawad played the last of his three test matches in New Zealand in 2009 and was last seen in Pakistan colours in a 2015 one-day global in Bangladesh.
It is a historic series for Pakistan as it marks the return of Test cricket back to the nation after a long span of a decade. PCB earlier this year hosted a three-match ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka.
Musa, who has not been included in the squad, will continue to be with the team's training sessions, added Misbah ul Haq. Changes have been made only where they were required, he affirmed. "We made changes where we feel it's necessary".
Misbah was given three responsibilities - chief selector, head coach and batting coach -when the Pakistan Cricket Board removed head coach Mickey Arthur and batting coach Grant Flower after the World Cup while chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq stepped down.
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"The perspective is that it's a one-man show", Misbah said.
"I think there should be a clarity on this, there are six selectors who closely watch players in domestic cricket and also do work with the players on their technique".
He said that the team was chosen after a detailed debate and consensus.
The series, which is part of ICC's World Test Championship, starts at Rawalpindi next Wednesday. The only other change in the squad was the entry of left-arm quick Usman Shinwari, who has played 17 ODIs and 16 T20Is but is yet to make his Test debut, in place of the 19-year-old Muhammad Musa, who went wicketless in his Test debut in Adelaide.
Azhar Ali (c), Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Yasir Shah, Kashif Bhatti, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Imran Khan, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Afridi.