Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday has announced a 17-player squad, who will be available for selection for the first Test against South Africa in Karachi.
Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, and Salman Ali Agha – who was named in the 20-member initial squad – have been left out of the probables for the first Test which starts on Tuesday.
As per PCB, the playing line-up with now be finalized by the captain in consultation with the head coach.
The 17-player squad includes:
Openers – Abid Ali (Central Punjab) and Imran Butt (Balochistan)
Middle-order batsmen – Azhar Ali (Central Punjab), Babar Azam (captain, Central Punjab), Fawad Alam (Sindh), and Saud Shakeel (Sindh)
All-rounders – Faheem Ashraf (Central Punjab) and Mohammad Nawaz (Northern)
Wicketkeepers – Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (Sindh)
Spinners – Nauman Ali (Northern), Sajid Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Yasir Shah (Balochistan)
Fast bowlers – Haris Rauf (Northern), Hasan Ali (Central Punjab), Shaheen Shah Afridi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa), and Tabish Khan (Sindh)