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Pakistan announce 17-member squad for first Test against South Africa

Pakistan announce 17-member squad for first Test against South Africa”

He further said: "I still remember that I was a ball-kipper in 2007 during a second Test match against Pakistan and South Africa in Lahore,". Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Nawaz are the two all-rounders in the squad with Yasir Shah, Sajid Khan and Nauman Ali boosting the spin attack.

The series will be also marked as the first tour for South Africa to Pakistan since 2007 and none of the current South African players have played on Pakistan before.

Pakistan will be having a historic moment in the series as South Africa will be playing on the soil after 13 years and they will be hoping that this is the start of a new campaign for Pakistan.

Du Plessis has played seven test matches against Pakistan that included two in the UAE and five in South Africa. In 2009 global cricket's doors were shut on Pakistan after an attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team bus at Lahore.

England have also agreed to play two Twenty20s in October on their first trip to Pakistan since 2005, to be followed by New Zealand and the West Indies for the white-ball series.

Du Plessis has picked fit-again Pakistan all-format captain Babar Azam and fast bowler Shaheen Afridi as the two players who could pose problems for the tourists.

Babar has urged his side to take a positive approach and dictate the flow of the match.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) selectors had initially announced 20 players for the two-Test series but trimmed the squad to 17 for the first Test at the National Stadium on Sunday.

"I know only one thing "keep concentrating on what's in your end" and I am not thinking about what's going to happen (after the series against South Africa)".

"Those selections say a lot about where they want to go and how they want to prepare these wickets", said De Kock, who has left-armer Keshav Maharaj as his frontline spinner.

"We are expecting it to be a very, very tough ask, they are a very risky team in their home conditions".

'Obviously for a new player, it's a challenge to handle pressure and then there are insecurities in our culture around what if they are dropped, former captain Azhar told local media on Friday.

The coronavirus pandemic means all the matches will be played without fans in attendance.



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