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Pakistan cut 3 players of eve of opening Test against the Proteas

Pakistan have cut three players from their squad to face South Africa in the first or two Tests starting on Tuesday, 26 January in Karachi.

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The first ball is due to be bowled at 07:00 SA time.

Agha Salman, Abdullah Shafique and Kamran Ghulam have been dropped from the original 20-man squad on the eve of the opening clash.

The squad now has four spin options and five fast bowlers including Mohammad Nawaz and Faheem Ashraf as all-rounders.

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Head coach Misbah-ul-Haq said his side is “fully ready”.

“Understanding how poor we were in the field on our previous New Zealand tour, we have given fielding much importance while preparing,” said Misbah.

“We are having extraordinary training sessions, with dedicated sessions to bring improvements. We are overall ready and looking forward to taking on South Africa.”

The series holds a major significance as it is South Africa’s first tour to Pakistan since 2007.

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SQUADS:

Pakistan

Abid Ali , Imran Butt, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (captain), Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wkt), Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Yasir Shah, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tabish Khan

South Africa 

Quinton de Kock (captain & wkt), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, 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, Marco Jansen

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