A late damage setback for Haris Sohail means Shan Masood will take his place in Pakistan’s beginning eleven for the Centurion Take a look at. Haris, who has had knee troubles for a lot of his profession, noticed one other knee damage flare up, forcing him up onto the sidelines.
The Pakistan group administration confirmed to ESPNcricinfo the change must be made simply 90 minutes forward of the scheduled begin. It’s a blow to Pakistan’s hopes of standing agency in opposition to an intimidating South African assault, with Haris one of many gamers in spectacular contact throughout the house summer season. Two centuries in opposition to Australia and New Zealand had been accompanied by a string of medium-sized scores, seeming to recommend Haris’ profession was again on observe after prolonged damage layoffs.
That is the second time damage has struck Haris on a tour of South Africa. When Pakistan toured right here in 2013, an ankle damage dominated him out of creating what would have been his worldwide debut.
Haris’ alternative, Masood, has not performed worldwide cricket in over a yr, dropped after a number of low scores throughout collection in opposition to England, West Indies and Sri Lanka. Masood has, nevertheless, been performing impressively for a lot of months on the home circuit since. He scored 161 in opposition to England Lions in Dubai final month, and was in rivalry to open the batting had Pakistan opted to drop Fakhar Zaman or Imam-ul-Haq.
Masood had made his Take a look at debut in opposition to South Africa in 2013, in Abu Dhabi. He scored 75 in his first innings as Pakistan gained by seven wickets on that event. Since, nevertheless, he has managed so as to add simply one other two fifties and 100 in 23 innings, his profession common standing at 23.54.