Opening batsman, Fakhar Zaman who made his Test debut against Australia, but suffered a knee injury, forcing him out of the New Zealand Test series, has also been named in the 16-member squad, but it is unlikely that he will be fit for the first Test at Centurion. Legspinner Shadab Khan, who was also nursing an injury returns to the squad at the expense of off-spinner Bilal Asif.
“The best possible squad has been selected keeping in mind the conditions of South Africa,” said chief selector Inzamam ul Haq.
“Three openers have been selected in the squad, where Shan Masood has been selected after the retirement of Mohammad Hafeez from Test cricket. Mohammad Amir makes a comeback in the team after regaining his form in the domestic cricket, giving strength to fast bowling attack that includes four pace bowlers. Mohammad Rizwan has been included in the squad after performing consistently in the domestic cricket and for Pakistan ’A’,” he concluded.
The first Test match of the three-match series will be played at Centurion from December 26 to 30, 2018. The second Test match will be played at Cape Town from January 3 to 7, 2019. The third and final Test match of the series will be played at Johannesburg from January 11 to 15, 2019.
Squad: Shan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Afridi.