Fakhar Zaman and Wahab Riaz have been dropped from the Pakistan squad for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa. Several top names including the in-form Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim were also missing from the 20-member squad announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday (January 31).
Pakistan had last played a T20I series against New Zealand, which they lost 2-1. While Shadab led the side in New Zealand, Hafeez continued his purple patch with the bat. Meanwhile, the Mohammad Akram-led selection panel have named four uncapped players: left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar, bowling all-rounder Amad Butt, all-rounder Danish Aziz and legspinner Zahid Mehmood.
Squad: Babar Azam, Aamer Yamin, Amad Butt, Asif Ali, Danish Aziz, Faheem Ashraf, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar, Zahid Mehmood
All the matches of the three-match T20I series will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium, starting February 11. The squad along with the officials will enter the bio-secure bubble from Wednesday (February 3). The players who are a part of the second Test in Rawalpindi will join the bubble after the Test is completed.