The Pakistan Cricket Board’s Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim announced the squad for the Test series being held during South Africa tour to Pakistan. This tour will be the first one since 2007.
Tje first Test of the South Africa tour in Pakistan will start on 26th January . The tour also includes three T20I’s.
According to Mohammad Wasim, who recently took over the Chief selector explained that the selection criteria included the performance during New Zealand tour, thereby, the player who did not perform in New Zealand have been excluded.
Further, players who should consistency in their domestic season performance have been gioven an opportunity. These uncapped players includes: Openers Abdullah Shafique and Imran Butt, middle-order batsmen Kamran Ghulam, Salman Ali Agha and Saud Shakeel, spinners Nauman Ali and Sajid Khan, and fast bowlers Haris Rauf and Tabish Khan.
The Test Squad:
Openers: Abid Ali (Central Punjab), Abdullah Shafique (Central Punjab) and Imran Butt (Balochistan)
Middle-order Batsmen: Azhar Ali (Central Punjab), Babar Azam (captain, Central Punjab), Fawad Alam (Sindh), Kamran Ghulam (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Salman Ali Agha (Southern Punjab) and Saud Shakeel (Sindh)
All-rounders: Faheem Ashraf (Central Punjab) and Mohammad Nawaz (Northern)
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (Sindh)
Spinners: Nauman Ali (Northern), Sajid Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Yasir Shah (Balochistan)
Fast Bowlers: Haris Rauf (Northern), Hasan Ali (Central Punjab), Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Tabish Khan (Sindh)