Pakistan name 9 uncapped players for Tests vs South Africa

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Pakistan has named 9 uncapped players for the two-match house take a look at collection in opposition to South Africa that begins later this month.

New chief selector Mohammad Wasim mentioned Friday that he wished to reward rookie players like batsman Kamran Ghulam and quick bowler Tabish Khan for their constant performances in home cricket.

Ghulam topped the scoring chart on this season’s premier first-class match by scoring 1,249 runs within the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

The 36-year-old Khan made his first-class debut within the 2002-03 season and has taken 598 wickets together with 30 this season.

Khan is anticipated to switch quick bowler Mohammad Abbas, who has been dropped after a pointy decline in his wicket taking capacity that noticed him selecting solely 25 wickets in his final 13 take a look at matches.

“Tabish Khan is more effective and useful in Pakistan conditions,” Wasim mentioned. “Tabish is a workhorse who can bowl long spells with controlled line and length. He is a like-to-like replacement for Mohammad Abbas in the given conditions.”

The selectors have additionally dropped opening batsman Shan Masood and middle-order batsman Haris Sohail after Pakistan was routed 2-0 by New Zealand within the take a look at collection with common skipper Babar Azam lacking the complete collection because of a fractured thumb.

Azam has recovered and can lead the facet in opposition to South Africa.

Young quick bowler Naseem Shah, opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq and allrounder Shadab Khan weren’t thought of for the collection due to accidents.

“Haris Sohail, Mohammad Abbas and Shan Masood have been dropped due to inconsistent performances,” Wasim mentioned. “Shan’s bad form has opened doors for Abid Ali’s new partner, be it either Abdullah Shafique or Imran Butt, who was last (domestic) season’s top scorer. Together with Abdullah, he was in New Zealand with the Shaheens side.”

Fast bowler Hasan Ali has regained health from his again downside and returns two years after final taking part in a take a look at match in opposition to South Africa in 2019. Ali impressed selectors along with his stellar efficiency this season in home cricket the place he took 43 wickets and in addition scored 273 runs.

The Pakistan Cricket Board mentioned that every one 20 players now transfer right into a bio-secure bubble in Karachi, which hosts the primary take a look at from Jan. 26.

Rawalpindi will host the second take a look at from Feb. 4-8, adopted by a three-match Twenty20 collection in Lahore. The squad for the Twenty20 collection will probably be named later.

Wasim mentioned the squad will probably be trimmed to 16 players, in line with his coverage of ‘horses for courses’ near the primary take a look at.

Squad:(*9*)

Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Kamran Ghulam, Salman Ali Agha, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Yasir Shah, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Tabish Khan.

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