Pak­istan re­call Amir for South Africa Test se­ries

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Pak­istan se­lec­tors Fri­day re­called fast bowler Mo­ham­mad Amir in the 16-mem­ber squad for the three­match Test tour of South Africa start­ing later this month.

Sar­fraz Ahmed will lead the side, which opens the tour with the first Test at Cen­tu­rion from De­cem­ber 26.

Pak­istan will also play five one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and three Twenty20 in­ter­na­tion­als on the tour, for which squads will be an­nounced later.

The sec­ond Test will be played at Cape Town from Jan 3 to 7 next year, while the third and fi­nal match is in Jo­han­nes­burg from Jan 11 to 15.

Amir was dropped from the side af­ter fail­ing to get a sin­gle wicket in three Asia Cup matches in United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) in Septem­ber this year.

He missed Pak­istan's two-match Test se­ries against Aus­tralia and then three Tests against New Zealand — both in UAE — but chief se­lec­tor In­za­mam-ul-Haq be­lieves the left-armer has re­gained his form in do­mes­tic matches.

"Amir makes a come­back in the team af­ter re­gain­ing his form in do­mes­tic cricket, giv­ing strength to a fast bowl­ing at­tack that in­cludes four pace bowlers," said In­za­mam while an­nounc­ing the squad.

Also stag­ing come­backs are leg-spin­ner Shadab Khan, and open­ers Fakhar Za­man and Shan Ma­sood.

Za­man made his Test de­but against Aus­tralia be­fore he was ruled out of the New Zealand se­ries with a knee in­jury, while Shadab missed both se­ries due to a ham­string prob­lem.

Ma­sood, who played the most re­cent of his 12 Tests in Oct last year, was also brought back af­ter re­cent good form, scor­ing twin hun­dreds in a four-day match against New Zealand ' A' two months ago.

Back-up wick­et­keeper to Sar­fraz, Mo­ham­mad Rizwan has also re­turned to the squad af­ter his consistent per­for­mance in the do­mes­tic cricket and for Pak­istan 'A'.

But there were no places for off-spin­ner Bi­lal Asif, who took five wick­ets in the on­go­ing Abu Dhabi Test against New Zealand, and La­hore opener Abid Ali, who has also been scor­ing heav­ily at the do­mes­tic level and for Pak­istan 'A'.

In­za­mam's nephew Imam-ul-Haq gets an­other chance de­spite scor­ing a mere 73 runs in three Tests against New Zealand.

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

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