Fast bowler Mohammad Amir and opener Fakhar Zaman are back in the team as the National Cricket Selection Committee has announced a 16-man squad for the Test series against South Africa.
Young left-arm opener Imam ul Haq has been given another life despite failing to impress in all three matches against New Zealand in the ongoing series.
Another left-arm opener Shan Masood, who has shown signs of improvement in the domestic season and then against England A, along with the wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan have made way into the team.
All-rounder Faheem Ahsraf who was left out of the Test side following Pakistan’s tour to England and Shadab Khan, who recently recovered from a back injury, are also the part of sixteen.
Key paceman Mohammad Abbas, who was ruled out of the third match against New Zealand with a shoulder injury, has also recovered to be the part of the squad.
His presence will help Pakistan in the bowler-friendly conditions of Pretoria.
The 16-Man Squad:
|Sarfraz Ahmed (c)||Asad Shafiq||Azhar Ali||Fakhar Zaman|
|Imam-ul-Haq||Shan Masood||Babar Azam||Haris Sohail|
|Faheem Ashraf||Shadab Khan||Mohammad Rizwan||Yasir Shah|
|Mohammad Amir||Mohammad Abbas||Hassan Ali||Shaheen Shah Afridi|
On Thursday, South Africa announced their 13-man squad for the upcoming series which featured the young middle-order batsman Zubayr Hamza and fast bowler Duanne Olivier.
As per the announcement, Faf du Plessis would lead the team in the Test series.
South Africa Squad:
|Faf du Plessis (captain)||Hashim Amla||Temba Bavuma|
|Theunis de Bruyn||Quinton de Kock||Dean Elgar|
|Zubayr Hamza||Keshav Maharaj||Aiden Markram|
|Duanne Olivier||Vernon Philander||Kagiso Rabada|
The three-match Test series commences on the Boxing Day in Pretoria. The second Test is scheduled in Cape Town from 3-7 January, with the series finale in Johannesburg from 11-15 January.