Pakistan chief selector Mohammad Wasim will announce a 20-member Test squad for the upcoming home series against South Africa on January 15 in Karachi.
While speaking in a video released by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Wasim said that they will narrow down the squad to 16 players closer to the first Test, which is due to begin on January 26 in Karachi.
“We will initially announce a 20-member squad, which will be part of [bio-secure] bubble. After that 16 players will be selected and handed over to team management before the first Test. The captain and coach will decide the playing XI from those 16 players,” Wasim said.
According to sources, Pakistan are likely to make a lot of changes in Squad and there’s going to be a lot of new names this time under the new chairman, especially those who have been doing well in the recent years.
Saud Shakil, Hassan Ali, Zahid Mehmood and Rohail Nazir are set to be included while Shan Masood, Haris Sohail, Zafar Gohar, Sarfraz Ahmed and Sohail khan will be dropped.
The newly-appointed chief selector added that the squad will be formed taking into account the conditions and the opposition.
“We have consulted with all six domestic coaches and the team management including head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and captain Babar Azam, regarding the selection for South Africa series,” he said.
“In the meeting, we assessed team’s performance in New Zealand and discussed domestic performers who can potentially become part of the side for the upcoming matches. I will once again consult the selectors before announcing the squad in Karachi,” he added.
South Africa’s Squad for Test Series:
Quinton de Kock (captain), 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, Ottniel Baartman.
26-30 Jan – 1st Test, Karachi
4-8 Feb – 2nd Test, Rawalpindi
11 Feb – 1st T20I, Lahore
13 Feb – 2nd T20I, Lahore
14 Feb – 3rd T20I, Lahore