Amir recalled by Pakistan for South Africa Test series

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors Friday recalled quick bowler Mohammad Amir within the 16-member squad for the three-match Check tour of South Africa beginning later this month.

Sarfraz Ahmad will lead the aspect, which opens the tour with the primary Check at Centurion from December 26.

Pakistan can even play 5 one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals on the tour, for which squads might be introduced later.

The second Check might be performed at Cape City from January three to 7 subsequent 12 months, whereas the third and ultimate match is in Johannesburg from January 11 to 15.

Amir was dropped from the aspect after failing to get a single wicket in three Asia Cup matches in United Arab Emirates (UAE) in September this 12 months.

He missed Pakistan’s two-match Check sequence in opposition to Australia after which three Checks in opposition to New Zealand — each in UAE — however chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq believes the left-armer has regained his kind in home matches.

“Amir makes a comeback within the group after regaining his kind in home cricket, giving energy to a quick bowling assault that features 4 tempo bowlers,” mentioned Inzamam whereas asserting the squad.

Additionally, staging comebacks are leg-spinner Shadab Khan, and openers Fakhar Zaman and Shan Masood.

Zaman made his Check debut in opposition to Australia earlier than he was dominated out of the New Zealand sequence with a knee harm, whereas Shadab missed each sequence as a result of a hamstring drawback.

Masood, who performed the latest of his 12 Checks in October final 12 months, was additionally introduced again after latest good kind, scoring twin a whole bunch in a four-day match in opposition to New Zealand ´A´ two months in the past.

Backup wicketkeeper to Sarfraz, Mohammad Rizwan has additionally returned to the squad after his constant efficiency within the home cricket and for Pakistan ‘A’.

However there have been no locations for off-spinner Bilal Asif, who took 5 wickets within the ongoing Abu Dhabi Check in opposition to New Zealand, and Lahore opener Abid Ali, who has additionally been scoring closely on the home degree and for Pakistan ‘A’.

Inzamam’s nephew Imam-ul-Haq will get one other probability regardless of scoring a mere 73 runs in three Checks in opposition to New Zealand.

Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Hassan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

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