South Africa have all the time been a troublesome opposition however Pakistan may have the house benefit this time as they host the guests for the primary time in almost 14 years, mentioned head coach Misbah-ul-Haq. Again from New Zealand after a disappointing tour which ended with a 0-2 loss within the two-Take a look at collection, Pakistan will now play two Exams in opposition to South Africa at Karachi (January 26-30) and Rawalpindi (February 4-8), adopted by a three-match T20I collection at Lahore, starting from February 11.
“South Africa has by no means been a simple facet to beat, however them taking part in after 13 years in Pakistan will probably be a bonus for us, and we’ve got an important probability to enhance our document in opposition to them,” Misbah mentioned. He mentioned the 2 Take a look at matches are a part of the ICC World Championship and are crucial for the house facet which can attempt to get most factors out of it to enhance their place on the desk.
“Taking part in at residence floor is all the time encouraging for the gamers, and it mirrored in our performances within the collection in opposition to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh final yr,” Misbah mentioned. Pakistan received Exams in opposition to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in late 2019 and early 2020 at residence however have misplaced successive away Take a look at excursions to Australia, England and New Zealand resulting in a criticism of the crew’s performances and choice insurance policies with Misbah under-fire.
Following their dismal tour of New Zealand, Pakistan’s new chief selector Muhammad Wasim named 9 uncapped gamers in a revamped 20-member squad for the take a look at collection in opposition to South Africa. “The collection in opposition to South Africa is a vital one, and I’m certain the gamers chosen within the squad have the potential and starvation to present greatest leads to the collection,” Misbah mentioned.
The South African cricket crew, which final toured Pakistan in late 2007, arrived in Karachi on Saturday. The visiting crew’s head coach Mark Boucher cautioned his crew, saying his batsmen will face a tricky activity in opposition to a “harmful” facet like Pakistan.
“Pakistan is a harmful facet at residence; we should provide you with a correct technique to beat them at their very own yard,” the previous wicket-keeper mentioned. “The wickets right here in Pakistan are batting pleasant, and we’re counting on our batsmen to attain runs. Their confidence will probably be excessive after scoring runs in opposition to Sri Lanka. Our quick bowlers should work very exhausting to get wickets.” South Africa had drawn the two-Take a look at collection in 2010 and 2013 when Pakistan had hosted them within the United Arab Emirates, following a terrorists attacked on the Sri Lankan crew bus at Lahore in 2009.
“Pakistan bowlers may have residence benefit, so this collection will probably be a take a look at for our batsmen, however as soon as they’re profitable in occupying the crease, they’ll be capable to rating freely,” Boucher mentioned. “We’re excited to play in Pakistan once more, and count on an important collection forward with all deal with the sport.” South Africa had received the two-Take a look at collection 1-Zero throughout their final tour of Pakistan in 2007.
The guests have been boosted by the return of prime quick bowler, Kagiso Rabada from accidents and he picked up 17 wickets within the final collection between the 2 sides at 18.70. The final Take a look at between the each side was in January 2019 in Johannesburg which the house crew received by 107 runs.
South Africa squad: Quinton de Kock (C), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Daryn Dupavillon, Marco Jansen.