Pakistan are likely to make two changes in the playing XI for the final Test against South Africa, which will take place at Johannesburg from January 11-15.
South Africa have already got an assailable lead against the Men in Green, leading the three-match Test series by 2-0.
The fast bowling allrounder, Faheem Ashraf and the wicketkeeper-batsman, Mohammad Rizwan are expected to make their way into the playing XI, while the legspinner, Yasir Shah and left-handed batsman Fakhar Zaman are likely to sit out.
The star performer for Pakistan in limited-over cricket, Zaman managed to score only 20 runs in four innings, he opened the inning thrice, whereas batted in the lower middle-order in the second inning of the Cape Town Test.
On the other hand, Yasir Shah who has been phenomenal for Pakistan in Test cricket could not get any sort of assistance from the wickets in South Africa and could take only one wicket in 32.4 overs in three innings.
The 26-year-old Rizwan has been in top form with the bat, playing for Pakistan ‘A’ in First Class and List A games against England Lions in the UAE.
Ashraf can give Sarfraz Ahmed an additional option as a seamer, moreover, he would add depth to Pakistan’s batting line as he is a handy batsman down the order, having a half-century to his name.
Pakistan’s expected playing XI: Imam Ul Haq, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi