Saturday Star - - SPORT - | Stu­art Hess

LEFT-ARM Fast bowler Mo­ham­mad Amir has been re­stored to Pak­istan’s squad for the three-test se­ries against South Africa.

Amir, 26, was left out of Pak­istan’s squad for the re­cent se­ries’ with Aus­tralia and New Zealand af­ter coach Mickey Arthur ques­tioned his hunger for play­ing the game. Amir had gone wick­et­less in four con­sec­u­tive ODIS prior to the Aus­tralia se­ries in the UAE and was sent back to Pak­istan to re­dis­cover some form.

In what is ex­pected to be a fiery com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the re­spec­tive fast bowl­ing units on quick and bouncy tracks in South Africa, the re­call of Amir adds po­tency to a Pak­istan at­tack which in­cludes crafty medium pacer Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas, who claimed a ten-for in the sec­ond Test against Aus­tralia to set up a fa­mous vic­tory.

Among the other quicks are Has­san Ali and left-armer Sha­heen Afridi, 19, who caught the eye of the Ti­tans play­ers in the re­cent Abu Dhabi T20 tour­na­ment.

There are a few in­jury con­cerns for the Pak­ista­nis: Ab­bas is ex­pected to be fit in time for the open­ing Test start­ing on De­cem­ber 26, while top or­der bats­man Fakhar Za­man is un­der­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for a knee in­jury.


Imam-ul-haq, Fakhar Za­man, Shan Ma­sood, Azhar Ali, Haris So­hail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sar­faraz Ah­mad (capt/wk), Mo­ham­mad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas, Has­san Ali, Mo­ham­mad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Sha­heen Afridi

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