Pakistan cricket’s new chief selector Muhammad Wasim will on Friday announce an preliminary 20-member squad for the house Check collection in opposition to South Africa beginning on January 26. Wasim stated the squad shall be decreased to 16 gamers after every week.
I’ve been consulting captain Babar Azam, head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and the pinnacle coaches of the provincial groups who’re additionally nationwide selectors earlier than I finalise the squad, he stated. The primary Check shall be performed on the Nationwide Stadium in Karachi from January 26, adopted by the second at Rawalpindi (February 4-8) and three T20 Internationals in Lahore.
The previous batsman, who has performed 18 Exams, stated the efficiency of the gamers through the current tour of New Zealand and of these in home cricket could be considered within the choice of the squad. He stated significance shall be given to those that had carried out properly within the simply concluded Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first-class match.
A dependable supply stated that some modifications may be anticipated within the Pakistan Check squad with high home performers like spinners Zahid Mahmood and Nauman Ali, pacer Waqas Maqsood and batsmen like Saud Shakeel, Kamran Ghulam and Usman Salahudin are more likely to be included within the preliminary 20-member squad. There’s additionally an opportunity that seasoned batsman Asad Shafiq who was dropped for the New Zealand tour shall be recalled for the South Africa collection, the supply stated.
The South African cricketers arrive on Saturday in Karachi for his or her first go to to Pakistan since 2007 and can spend 4 to 5 days in isolation at their lodge earlier than they begin coaching. South Africa, led by Quinton de Kock, have introduced a powerful squad for the tour with quick bowler Kagiso Rabada making a return after damage points.