Pakistan play three Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is against South Africa starting on December 26. Photo: AFP
Pakistan cricket team to leave for South Africa tour tonight
Kashmir News Trust Web Desk
LAHORE: The Pakistan cricket team will depart for their tour of South Africa tonight.
According to sources, leg-spinner Yasir Shah will join the team on December 20 due to personal reasons.
Sarfraz Ahmad will lead the side, which opens the tour with the first Test at Centurion from December 26.
The second Test will be played at Cape Town from January 3 to 7 next year, while the third and final match is in Johannesburg from January 11 to 15.
Pakistan will also play five one-day internationals and three T20 internationals on the tour.
Amir recalled by Pakistan for South Africa Test series
Fast bowler Mohammad Amir is back in the squad after being dropped from the recently concluded series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates. Also making comebacks are leg-spinner Shadab Khan, and openers Fakhar Zaman and Shan Masood.
Backup wicketkeeper to Sarfraz, Mohammad Rizwan has also returned to the squad after his consistent performance in the domestic cricket and for Pakistan 'A'.
Pakistan squad for South Africa Tests
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicketkeeper), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi
South Africa vs Pakistan 2018/19 fixtures
December 19-21: SA Invitation XI, Benoni
December 26-30: First Test, Centurion
January 3-7: Second Test, Cape Town
January 11-15: Third Test, Johannesburg
January 19: First ODI, Port Elizabeth
January 22: Second ODI, Durban
January 25: Third ODI, Centurion
January 27: Fourth ODI, Johannesburg
January 30: Fifth ODI, Cape Town
February 1: First T20I, Cape Town
February 3: Second T20I, Johannesburg
February 6: Third T20I, Centurion