Agha Salman, Abdullah Shafique and this year’s leading top-notch runscorer in Pakistan, Kamran Ghulam, were dropped from the original 20 men for the first test against South Africa The circuit board insists that they are very much part of the larger roster but for the selection for the opening test from the 26th January in Karachi will not be considered

The 20-man squad who died on Jan. January was named, should always be reduced to 16 two days before the test, but the circuit board named 17 instead. ESPNcricinfo believes the board struggled with the choice between Haris Rauf and Tabish Khan, but ultimately kept both of them, although from neither is expected to make their test debut in Karachi. The roster now has four spin options and five fast bowlers, including all-rounders Mohammad Nawaz and Faheem Ashraf

With Shafique now out of the competition, the team has only two potential openers – Abid Ali and Imran Butt – who will make a debut spot vacated after Shan Masood was eliminated from the larger squad after a dismal run Saud Shakeel – who holds the second best first class average (4881) in Pakistan for the last five years – has been retained.He was also the second best first class run-getter this season with 970 runs at 5705 Agha which has accumulated 924 runs at 4863 missed

Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said his team were “fully ready” “Since we understood how poor we were on the field on our previous New Zealand tour, we put a lot of emphasis on the field in preparation”, Misbah said “We have exceptional training with special sessions to make improvements, overall we are ready and looking forward to competing against South Africa” ​​

The circuit board exceptionally gave Captain Babar Azam a sense of empowerment and gave him a much greater say in choosing the starting grid. Misbah downplayed concerns that his role with the crew had been reduced, but said the captain develop his strategies and ideas independently

“Even when I started, like everyone else, I started from scratch,” said Misbah. “You have to start somewhere and the most important thing is that when we were practicing a scenario, with me, the coaches, the bowlers over it discussed what plan we are moving forward and how to carry out Babar is a smart cricketer, and if someone who scores is going like him they should understand the mechanics of cricket and how to deal with the opposition Babar should have a free hand in planning so he learns how to handle things in the field and hopefully he will learn and improve his captain in the process “

The series has great significance as this is South Africa’s first tour to Pakistan since 2007 and the result may directly reflect Misbah’s future as head coach, the circuit board had already intended to bring about changes in team management after the New Zealand tour, but the cricket committee recommended a stay of execution, decided against a jerky reaction, and decided to meet again after the home series against South Africa. The committee believed that a series in domestic conditions cannot have “no points for second place”

Misbah knows he’s under pressure, but he looked relaxed at the press conference. “Nothing really matters right now, I’ve played cricket under pressure all my life,” he said, “Here [in Pakistan] is it is not that you have the certainty and security The most important thing I have learned is that you have to be good with your work right now – I don’t think about what is ahead of us and the only focus right now is to perform and learn from our mistakes “

Pakistan: Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (Capt), Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (week), Sarfaraz Ahmed (week), Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Yasir Shah, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Tabish Khan

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