Quinton de Kock’s South Africa is all set to tour Pakistan in the month of January and February to play two Test matches followed three-match T20I series. The visitors will kick-start the tour with two-match Test series that is scheduled to begin from 26th January at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi.
On the other hand, Pakistan have decided to build for the future and picked nine uncapped players for the home series. Haris Sohail, Mohammad Abbas, Zafar Gohar and Shan Masood have been dropped from the Test squad, while Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Kamran Ghulam, Salman Ali Aghar, Saud Shakeel, Tabish Khan, Abdullah Shafique, Haris Rauf and Imran Butt have earned their maiden call-ups to the national side for the two-match Test series.
Pacer Hasan Ali has made a comeback to the side after doing exceedingly well in the recently concluded Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He showed excellent form for his domestic side and picked close to 50 wickets in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
Captain Babar Azam has fully recovered from injury and will lead the side for the two Tests and three T20Is. On the other hand, South Africa have arrived in Karachi and making adequate preparations for the Test series.
The visitors have also included a lot of youngsters for this overseas tour. Uncapped players like Sarel Erwee, Kyle Verreynne, Keegan Peterson, Daryn Dupavillion and Marco Jansen included for the Test series, Beauran Hendricks have covered from Covid-19 infection and included for the two-match series.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the experienced trio of Dean Elgar, Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock to do the bulk of the scoring. Faf du Plessis topped the batting charts for South Africa in the previous series against Sri Lanka. He smashed a splendid 199 runs for South Africa in the Boxing Day Test played at Centurion last year.
Team management will be hoping that the experienced players can do well in the subcontinent conditions. Aiden Markram and Temba Bavuma will be under scrutiny as they will need to produce big scores on this tour in order to retain their place in the playing XI for the home series against Australia.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje to make crucial breakthroughs.
This is a quite a historic tour as South Africa is coming to Pakistan after a period of 14 years. It will be interesting both the teams have uncapped players in their squads.
Pakistan vs South Africa 2021 Schedule
1st Test – Pakistan vs South Africa
Tuesday, 26th January, 2021, at 05:00 GMT
2nd Test- Pakistan vs South Africa
Thursday, 4th February, 2021 at 05:00 GMT
1st T20I– Pakistan vs South Africa
Thursday, 11th February, 2021, at 10:30 GMT
2nd T20I– Pakistan vs South Africa
Saturday, 13th February, 2021, at 10:30 GMT
3rd T20I– Pakistan vs South Africa
Sunday, 14th February, 2021, at 10:30 GMT