Lahore - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Thursday announced to include openers Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood in their final 15-man Test squad for the series against South Africa starting next week.
Shehzad and Masood scored attractive half-centuries in the drawn three-day side match for Pakistan 'A' against South Africa which ended in Sharjah on Thursday. Shehzad, 21, is tipped as favourite to make his belated Test debut, having already played 27 one-day and 15 Twenty20 internationals since 2009.
The first Test starts in Abu Dhabi from Monday while the second will be played in Dubai from October 23. Masood, a left-hander, was also part of the squad for the drawn 1-1 Test series against Zimbabwe last month. He made 50 in the Sharjah game.
Shafiq managed 42 on Thursday and was included to support a struggling middle-order.
But there was no place for Umar Akmal who was cleared as fit to play after suffering a seizure while playing in the Caribbean League in July.
Misbahul Haq (capt), Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Umar Amin, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Abdul Rehman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood.