South Africa cricket team arrived in Karachi on Saturday to play two ICC World Test Championship fixtures and three Twenty20 Internationals on their first tour of Pakistan in 14 years.
Pakistan announces Test squad for South Africa series
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced a national team squad for the two-Test series against South Africa that starts January 26 in Karachi.
Pakistan Cricket team’s chief selector Muhammad Wasim announced the Test squad under the captaincy of Babar Azam for the upcoming home series against South Africa which includes nine uncapped players.
The players will go in the bio-secure bubble from 19th January and before the first Test, the squad will be further narrowed down to 16 players.
The announcing of the Test squad against Proteas is the first task for newly appointed Muhammad Wasim after Misbah-ul-Haq stepped down from the chief selector post before going to the New Zealand tour as he was unable to concentrate on both roles.
Regarding team selection chief selector Muhammad Wasim stated that the selection is purely based on players performance at the domestic level.
Moreover, Muhammad Wasim was also delighted over South Africa’s visit to Pakistan as this is the major development for Pakistan and Pakistan cricket.
Babar Azam (c), Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Kamran Ghulam, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Yasir Shah, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Tabish Khan
With a very disappointing performance against New Zealand, Pakistani opener Shan Masood has been dropped from Test squad. Apart from Shan Masood, Mohammed Abbas and Imam-ul-Haq are also left out from playing squad.