Opener Ahmed Shehzad named in Pakistan Test squad to face South Africa
Opener Ahmed Shehzad is in line to make his Test debut after being named in Pakistan's squad to face South Africa.
Last Updated: 10/10/13 3:46pm
The 21-year-old impressed the selectors with a fluent 66 for Pakistan A against the Proteas in Sharjah this week.
Fellow opener Shan Masood also made an encouraging half-century in the Sharjah draw and joins Shehzad in the 15-man squad for the two-Test series starting next week in the UAE.
Shehzad is expected to earn a place a the top of the order having already played 27 one-day and 15 Twenty20 internationals since 2009.
Middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq is also in the squad, but there is no place for seamer Umar Akmal despite being given the all-clear to play after suffering a seizure in the Caribbean in July.
The opening Test starts in Abu Dhabi on Monday, with the second Test being held in Dubai starting on 23 October.
Pakistan squad: Misbah-ul Haq (Capt), 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.