Pakistan recalled rapid bowler Mohammad Amir on Friday for the three-test sequence in South Africa beginning this month.
Fakhar Zaman and Shan Masood had been additionally picked as Pakistan seems to be for a gap batsman to spouse Imam-ul-Haq.
Opener Mohammad Hafeez will retire from verify cricket on Friday when the sequence towards New Zealand within the United Arab Emirates ends.
Amir has been omitted of the squad since earlier than the Asia Cup within the UAE in September, and was once no longer thought to be for the verify sequence towards Australia and New Zealand, additionally within the UAE.
Zaman has recovered from a knee damage after rehabilitation on the Nationwide Cricket Academy in Lahore.
“3 openers were decided on within the squad, the place Shan Masood has been decided on after the retirement of Mohammad Hafeez from verify cricket,” leader selector Inzamam-ul-Haq mentioned in a observation.
“Mohammad Amir makes a comeback within the group after regaining his shape in home cricket, giving power to the short bowling assault that comes with 4 tempo bowlers.”
The opposite 3 rapid bowlers had been Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, and Mohammad Abbas.
Mohammad Rizwan was once the reserve wicketkeeper to skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. Inzamam mentioned Rizwan inspired in home cricket and for Pakistan A towards New Zealand and the England Lions within the UAE.
Legspinner Shadab Khan changed Bilal Asif, who has been dropped after taking handiest seven wickets all the way through the three-test sequence towards New Zealand.
The primary verify towards South Africa begins at Centurion on Dec. 26. The second one verify at Cape The town is from Jan. Three-7 adopted by means of the remaining verify at Johannesburg from Jan. 11-15.
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi.