Pakistan announces 17-member squad for first South Africa Test
Pakistan cricket selectors on Sunday confirmed a 17-player squad who will be available for selection for the first Test against South Africa to be played in Karachi from Tuesday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The playing line-up with now be finalised by the captain in consultation with the head coach.
Squad of 17 players: Openers: Abid Ali (Central Punjab) and Imran Butt (Balochistan).
Middle-order Batsmen: Azhar Ali (Central Punjab), Babar Azam (Captain, Central Punjab), Fawad Alam (Sindh) and Saud Shakeel (Sindh).
All-rounders: Faheem Ashraf (Central Punjab) and Muhammad Nawaz (Northern).
Wicketkeepers: Muhammad Rizwan (Vice-Captain, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Sarfraz Ahmed (Sindh)
Spinners: Noman Ali (Northern), Sajid Khan (KP) and Yasir Shah (Balochistan).
Fast bowlers: Haris Rauf (Northern), Hassan Ali (Central Punjab), Shaheen Shah Afridi (KP) and Tabish Khan (Sindh).
The first match of the two-Test series between the two teams will start on January 26 at the National Stadium in Karachi.
The remaining three players will continue to be part of the squad and will feature in warm-up and training sessions at the National Stadium.
Earlier in the day, Pakistani players putting in some slip fielding practice.