Pakistan team ready for South Africa challenge: Mohammad Hafeez

Twenty20 skipper Mohammad Hafeez was optimistic yesterday that Pakistan’s lack of Test cricket will not be an issue when the squad meet world # 1 South Africa next month.

Pakistan plays 3 Tests in South Africa with the 1st match starting in Johannesburg from Feb . 1 — their 1st Test series in 7 months. Pakistan has routed England, then the world’s number 1 Test squad, 3-0 last January before losing 1-0 against Sri Lanka in June.

“Again after a massive gap we will play in South Africa but we’ve adjusted nicely in the past,” Mohammad Hafeez told journalists on the sidelines of a five-day domestic match final. “It’s tough but all the players have played four-day match and are well prepared.”

Pakistan will also play 2 T20 internationals and 5 ODI matches on the tour — their 1st to the Republic since 2007. Mohammad Hafeez accepted South Africa pose a great challenge, but said the team was buoyed by its latest ODI win over arch rivals India.

“South Africa will be difficult because the situations are different. We played there in 2007 and most of the players of that squad aren’t there and South Africa is now the world’s best group,” said Mohammad Hafeez.

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