Pakistani selectors yesterday added openers Ahmed Shehzad and Shan Masood, and middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq in their final 15-man team for the two-Test series against South Africa beginning next week. Shehzad and Masood scored beautiful half-centuries in the drawn three-day side game for Pakistan ‘A’ against South Africa which ended in Sharjah on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Ahmed Shehzad is tipped as favorite to make his belated Test debut, having already played 27 ODI and 15 T20 internationals since 2009. The initial Test starts in Abu Dhabi from Monday while the 2nd Test will be played in Dubai from October 23. Masood, a left-hander, was also a part of the team for the drawn 1-1 Test series against Zimbabwe last month. He made 50 in the Sharjah match.
Team: Misbah-ul Haq (skipper), Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Umar Amin, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Abdul Rehman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali, Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood.