Chief selector, Inzamam Ul Haq said while talking to media on Wednesday that Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan are fully fit, whereas, the pace sensation Mohammad Abbas will be fit for the opening Test against South Africa.
Haq said that all 16 players cannot play a practice game, which is why the trio did not play against the South Africa XI ahead of the three-match Test series.
“Doctors said Abbas is 50 percent fit at the moment, give him rest to give him full fitness by the start of the first Test,” said Inzamam Ul Haq. “Shadab and Fakhar were rested against New Zealand as a precautionary measure as doctors expressed injury concerns,” he added.
He expressed disappointment over the result of Test series against New Zealand, which Pakistan lost by 2-1, he hoped for a 3-0 clean sweep against the Kiwis in the home series.
However, he is hoping for a better show against South Africa in much-challenging conditions.
“Batsmen have realized their mistakes, which they will not repeat those against South Africa,” he said. “I hope they will perform better in the upcoming series.”
He believes Pakistan team has some talented batsmen in the squad, who can be beneficial for the team.
“Many players are touring South Africa for the first time,” he said. “Conditions are tough, but they should not take pressure.”
Pakistan will take on South Africa in the first Test of the series from December 26 at Centurian.