Cricket South Africa name test squad for Pakistan series
South Africa’s historical tour to Pakistan will see them play in the country for the first time in 14 years, from 26 January to 14 February 2021. The two-game Test series in Karachi and Rawalpindi will be played before three T20 internationals in Lahore.
The 21-player strong squad includes the most of the players that were named in the home Test series against Sri Lanka. Africa’s speedster Kagiso Rabada and Dwaine Pretorius both are fully fit to play with a spin-bowling boost in the inclusions of Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde.
Daryn Dupavillon and Ottneil Baartman have been included into the South African Test squad for the two-match series in Pakistan. It is the former’s maiden Test call-up and the latter’s first national team inclusion.
The Proteas Test squad to Pakistan is as follows:
Quinton de Kock (captain, Momentum Multiply Titans), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Aiden Markram (Momentum Multiply Titans), Faf du Plessis (Momentum Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Momentum Multiply Titans), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Wiaan Mulder (Imperial Lions), Lutho Sipamla (Imperial Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Kyle Verreynne (Six Gun Gill Cape Cobras), Sarel Erwee (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Keegan Petersen (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), George Linde (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), Daryn Dupavillon (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Ottniel Baartman (Hollywoodbets Dolphins).
The squad will fly to Pakistan on 15 January, while T20 team will be named next week. The teams will travel commercially and enter into a period of quarantine in Karachi before commencing with training and intra-squad practice matches.
Pakistan Test Series vs South Africa Itinerary
- 26-30 January – 1st Test, Karachi
- 04-08 February – 2nd Test, Rawalpindi