Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq also expressed the hope that the national team will perform better during the tour, Radio Pakistan reported. Usman Salahuddin, the middle-order batsman who's been picked for the team, has no experience of playing in the Tests either.
The five include openers Fakhar Zaman, 28, and Imam-ul-Haq, 22. While Imam has been given a chance in the longest format of the game after his blistering century on his ODI debut against Sri Lanka late a year ago, Ashraf has been included in Test squad on the back of some impressive performances in the shorter formats of the game.
"So we've made a decision to call up several young players to give them exposure to those conditions", chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said at a press conference.
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Sallahuddin and Saad Ali received maiden Test call-ups.
"The World Cup next year is in England".
Fawad Alam, who has been once again ignored by the selectors despite the incredible record in domestic and worldwide cricket, tweeted that he will be cheering for Pakistan cricket team from home when they will take on Ireland and England.
All-rounder Faheem Ashraf is the other rookie named in a 16-man party that will be captained by wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed.
Pakistan Super League's (PSL) top performer Wahab Riaz has been excluded from the national squad, while the South Asian team will also miss the services of prolific leg-spinner Yasir Shah owing to a hip injury. "If we look at his numbers for the last two years, he has more wickets than any other bowler for Pakistan. He played a big part in all the games we won".
Pakistan are the opponents for Ireland's first Test match in Malahide, with the historic game getting underway on May 11. Pakistan will then play two Tests against England - at Lord's (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5).