Proteas has announced their 21-member test squad for two test matches against Pakistan starting from January 26 in Karachi.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) named a full-strength squad that will play under the leadership of Quinton de Kock.
African players will depart for Pakistan on January 15 through a commercial flight and, spend their bubble period in Karachi.
This would be South Africa’s first tour to Pakistan in 14 years they last toured the country in 2007.
Here is your #Proteas Test squad, for the two Test tour of Pakistan later this month. Congratulations to Ottniel Baartman earning his maiden #Proteas call up and Daryn Dupavillon on his maiden Test call-up. 👏
#PAKvSA #SeeUsOnThePitch pic.twitter.com/MslVR3HqhV
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 8, 2021
Many star players of the South African side has along with the squad.
It includes the majority of the players that were named in the recently concluded home Test series against Sri Lanka. However, the attack is strengthened by the returns of Rabada and Dwaine Pretorius, both of whom are fully fit to play – with a spin-bowling boost in the inclusions of Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde.
Convenor of Selectors, Victor Mpitsang, said they are very excited to see how the tour of Pakistan will pan out for the players they have chosen.
“We are confident in our selections and believe in rewarding good performances both on and off the field, which is why we have gone with the core of the group that was selected for the Sri Lanka home series,” he said
“Considering that the conditions that will be faced are largely unknown to the South African team, we wanted to strengthen the attack with the skill sets that Shamsi and Linde have to offer, while giving players like Dupavillon and Baartman an opportunity after making strong cases for themselves in recent seasons,” Mpitsang concluded.
South Africa Test Squad:
Quinton de Kock (C), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plesis, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Daryn Dupavillon, Ottniel Baartman.