Aamir included Pakistan 16-man Test squad for South Africa series
LAHORE (92 News) – Left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir was included in Pakistan 16-member Test squad for their tour of South Africa that start later this month.
The 26-year-old left-armer missed out on the series against New Zealand due to fatigue and poor form. Meanwhile, he has performed well in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and, as expected, has been rewarded with a recall.
Pakistan have announced a 16-member Test squad for South Africa tour as given below:
Pakistan squad: Imamul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmad (capt & wkt), Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Hassan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi
On Thursday, South Africa named uncapped batsman Zubayr Hamza in a 13-man squad for a three-Test series, starting in Centurion on December 26. There is also a recall for fast bowler Duanne Olivier in the absence of rising star Lungi Ngidi because of a long-term knee injury.
Ngidi had been expected to become a regular member of the fast bowling attack following the retirement of Morne Morkel at the end of last season.
Hamza, 23, had a breakthrough season with the Cape Cobras franchise last season, scoring 828 first-class runs at an average of 69.00. He also had a successful tour of India with South Africa A earlier this year. But he may have to wait to make his debut.
“His selection is part of our vision for the future,” said selection convener Linda Zondi. “It is inevitable that some of our senior players will start thinking of retiring in years to come.”
It will be Pakistan’s first Test tour of South Africa since 2012/13 when Graeme Smith led the hosts to a 3-0 clean sweep against Misbah-ul-Haq´s tourists.
South African squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn.
Schedule of Test Matches:
December 26-30, first Test, Centurion
January 3-7, second Test, Cape Town
January 11-15, third Test, Johannesburg