Pakistan announce 17-member squad for first Test against South Africa

24 Janvier, 2021, 19:27 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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"Of course I am not satisfied (with the performance in New Zealand), we have to improve it", Misbah said.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, cricketers have to adhere to strict procedures for an global series.

Earlier, Pakistan batting coach Younis Khan highlighted how other teams have players who burst into the global arena after playing at least 100 first-class games, and Pakistan on the other hand picks players looking at their performances in other formats.

"Home conditions bring confidence in players". Right now, I'm still in a good place. Last week, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced a 20-member squad, including nine uncapped players, for the Test series, which commences on January 26.

"For now, (I'm) enjoying the four walls of my room and then the pitch outside where we can get to do what we love", du Plessis said.

He further said: "I still remember that I was a ball-kipper in 2007 during a second Test match against Pakistan and South Africa in Lahore,".

The series will be also marked as the first tour for South Africa to Pakistan since 2007 and none of the current South African players have played on Pakistan before. England is the only other team that has won in Karachi when it beat Pakistan by six wickets in 2000.

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Meanwhile South Africa captain u Plessis has picked fit-again Pakistan all-format captain Babar Azam and fast bowler Shaheen Afridi as the two players who could pose problems for the tourists.

In this file image, South Africa's Rassie van der Dussen walks after being dismissed during an ICC Cricket World Cup game against Pakistan in London, Britain on June 23, 2019.

"I think that's possibly the biggest thing that we are unsure about", he said.

"We are expecting it to be a very, very tough ask, they are a very risky team in their home conditions".

Pakistan squad for the first Test: Babar Azam (Captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Sajid Khan, Tabish Khan, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Nauman Ali and Hassan Ali. Pakistan faced defeat in both the Tests against New Zealand and came out victorious in only one T20I on tour.

"Obviously, having Babar back is massive for them", du Plessis said.

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