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Haris Rauf one among a number of new faces as new chief selector Mohammad Wasim names his first squad

Shan Masood, Haris Sohail and Mohammad Abbas have all been dropped for Pakistan’s two-match Take a look at sequence towards South Africa in a dramatically overhauled squad.

The house sequence, which kicks off in Karachi on January 26, additionally sees a number of newcomers within the 20-man squad, with Haris Rauf, Imran Butt, Kamran Ghulam and Salman Ali Agha amongst a slew of gamers introduced into the fold.

Babar Azam has recovered sufficiently to take over the Take a look at captaincy from Mohammad Rizwan, who deputised for the batsman in New Zealand, the place Pakistan misplaced each Take a look at matches. He’s set to take cost of the red-ball aspect for the primary time, and has been handed a squad which might characteristic a number of first-timers, with new chief selector Mohammad Wasim ringing the adjustments within the first squad he has been tasked with naming.

As soon as the No.1-ranked ODI bowler on the earth, Hasan Ali is again within the Take a look at aspect after a supremely successful Quaid-e-Azam Trophy season, which ended with him being named participant of the match. The 26-year-old Central Punjab bowler took extra wickets than another fast all season, with 43 at 20.06 per scalp.

After a lot of years out of the sport with a again damage which nonetheless wants cautious tending to, Ali has appeared to regain the yard of tempo he misplaced by way of 2019 and 2020, which resulted in him dropping his central contract and dropping out of Pakistan rivalry fully. Furthermore, Pakistan have struggled with runs decrease down the order, and Ali’s skill with the bat – he scored 100 within the ultimate of the QeA Trophy – appears set to rely in his favour.

Among the omissions are enforced, nevertheless. Shadab Khan continues to nurse the groin pressure that stored him out of the Take a look at sequence towards New Zealand, whereas a hamstring niggle has put paid to any probabilities of Naseem Shah‘s involvement.

27-year-old offspinner Sajid Khan will get a call-up to the senior aspect for the primary time after ending the QeA season as essentially the most prolific wicket-taker, with 67 for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Yasir Shah, Nauman Ali and allrounder Mohammad Nawaz are the opposite spinners within the squad, whereas 36-year previous Sindh quick bowler Tabish Khan has a shot at a attainable late-career bloom ought to his home kind be rewarded with a Take a look at cap.

Pakistan Take a look at squad to play South Africa:

Openers: Abid Ali (Central Punjab), Abdullah Shafique (Central Punjab), Imran Butt (Balochistan)
Center-order batsmen: Azhar Ali (Central Punjab), Babar Azam (captain, Central Punjab), Fawad Alam (Sindh), Kamran Ghulam
(Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Salman Ali Agha (Southern Punjab), Saud Shakeel (Sindh)
All-rounders: Faheem Ashraf (Central Punjab), Mohammad Nawaz (Northern)
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Sarfaraz Ahmed (Sindh)
Spinners: Nauman Ali (Northern), Sajid Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Yasir Shah (Balochistan)
Quick bowlers: Haris Rauf (Northern), Hasan Ali (Central Punjab), Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), Tabish Khan (Sindh)

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