On Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) declared that the 17-member cricket team that was picked for the first Test match against South Africa will not adjust as the hosts look to seal the series against the Proteas by winning tomorrow’s second Test match starting in Rawalpindi.
“The playing line-up with now be finalised by the captain in consultation with the head coach for the match, which will commence at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from Feb 4,” the cricket body said in a statement.
Babar Azam (capt), Abid Ali, Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Yasir Shah, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan Afridi are the players in this team.
The PCB posted videos of the team training in Rawalpindi earlier today.
Pakistan will look to break a 17-year wait for a victory in the series against South Africa and leapfrog the Proteas in the second Test rankings.
Victory will be poignant for Pakistan, which has held its largest Test series since the deadly 2009 militant assault on the Sri Lankan team interrupted international tours.
After last week’s thumping seven-wheeled victory in Karachi, Pakistan, whose sole series win over South Africa was at home in 2003, started as favourites in Rawalpindi.
With a series win, they stand to climb two points to fifth in the rankings, while loss will drive South Africa down from fifth to sixth.
The heroes in Karachi with seven wickets each were debutant Nauman Ali and fellow spinner Yasir Shah, along with Fawad Alam, whose first-innings century formed the victory.