Pakistan Announce 17-man Squad for First Test Against South Africa

25 Janvier, 2021, 11:21 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Pakistan vs South Africa: Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali Included In 17-Player Squad For First Test

South Africa will play their first Test in Pakistan for 14 years this week, a match being described as a "monumental moment" for the revival of worldwide cricket in the country. However, Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam and Salman Ali Agha - who were named in the 20-member initial squad - have been left out of the probables for the first Test match.

A tight security cordon has been thrown around the venue and Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Wasim Khan said South Africa's visit was significant. Previously Zimbabwe have also toured the country in November 2020 but as a whole, worldwide cricket had come to a standstill in the nation with teams refusing to tour in the aftermath of a terrorist attack in Lahore.

The series opener will begin from January 26 at the National Stadium in Karachi whereas the second Test will begin from February 04, 2021. Pakistan will play their last match against South Africa on February 3, following which they will play three one-dayers and two T20Is against Zimbabwe in Harare. Babar Azam, who had missed the two Tests against New Zealand, has also made his way back into the squad for the first Test against South Africa. He has just three first-class games under his belt.

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Du Plessis is one of those South African cricketers, along with captain Quinton de Kock, to have experienced life in a bubble over the last few months. He played in the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates and home series against Sri Lanka.

The match in the port city of Karachi starting Tuesday marks a significant vote of confidence for Pakistan where global cricket was suspended following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team's bus in Lahore in 2009.

Middle-order batsmen - Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, and Saud Shakeel.

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