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Pakistan recall Amir for South Africa Test series

AFP  |  Lahore 

selectors Friday recalled fast bowler in the 16-member squad for the three-match Test tour of starting later this month.

will lead the side, which opens the tour with the first Test at Centurion from December 26.

will also play five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals on the tour, for which squads will be announced later.

The second Test will be played at from January 3 to 7 next year, while the third and final match is in from January 11 to 15.

Amir was dropped from the side after failing to get a single wicket in three Asia Cup matches in (UAE) in September this year.

He missed Pakistan's two-match Test series against and then three Tests against -- both in UAE -- but chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq believes the left-armer has regained his form in domestic matches.

"Amir makes a comeback in the team after regaining his form in domestic cricket, giving strength to a fast attack that includes four pace bowlers," said while announcing the squad.

Also staging comebacks are leg-spinner Shadab Khan, and openers and

Zaman made his Test debut against before he was ruled out of the series with a knee injury, while Shadab missed both series due to a hamstring problem.

Masood, who played the most recent of his 12 Tests in October last year, was also brought back after recent good form, scoring twin hundreds in a four-day match against 'A' two months ago.

Back-up wicketkeeper to Sarfraz, has also returned to the squad after his consistent performance in the domestic and for 'A'.

But there were no places for off-spinner Bilal Asif, who took five wickets in the ongoing Abu Dhabi Test against New Zealand, and opener Abid Ali, who has also been scoring heavily at the domestic level and for Pakistan 'A'.

Inzamam's nephew Imam-ul-Haq gets another chance despite scoring a mere 73 runs in three Tests against New Zealand.

Squad: (captain), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Hassan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Faheem Ashraf,

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 17:25 IST