Pakistan remembers Amir for 3-test sequence towards South Africa

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07 Dec 2018, 16:56 IST
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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan recalled quick bowler Mohammad Amir on Friday for the three-test sequence in South Africa beginning this month.

Fakhar Zaman and Shan Masood have been additionally picked as Pakistan appears to be like for a gap batsman to companion Imam-ul-Haq.

Opener Mohammad Hafeez will retire from check cricket on Friday when the sequence towards New Zealand within the United Arab Emirates ends.

Amir has been overlooked of the squad since earlier than the Asia Cup within the UAE in September, and was not thought-about for the check sequence towards Australia and New Zealand, additionally within the UAE.

Zaman has recovered from a knee harm after rehabilitation on the Nationwide Cricket Academy in Lahore.

“Three openers have been chosen within the squad, the place Shan Masood has been chosen after the retirement of Mohammad Hafeez from check cricket,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq stated in an announcement.

“Mohammad Amir makes a comeback within the workforce after regaining his type in home cricket, giving power to the quick bowling assault that features 4 tempo bowlers.”

The opposite three quick bowlers have been Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Mohammad Abbas.

Mohammad Rizwan was the reserve wicketkeeper to skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. Inzamam stated Rizwan impressed in home cricket and for Pakistan A towards New Zealand and the England Lions within the UAE.

Legspinner Shadab Khan changed Bilal Asif, who has been dropped after taking solely seven wickets in the course of the three-test sequence towards New Zealand.

The primary check towards South Africa begins at Centurion on Dec. 26. The second check at Cape City is from Jan. 3-7 adopted by the final check at Johannesburg from Jan. 11-15.

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

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