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Opener Ahmed Shehzad named in Pakistan Test squad to face South Africa

Ahmed Shehzad: Favourite to open against South Africa in Abu Dhabi

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Opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad is in line to make his long-awaited Test debut after being named in Pakistan's squad to face South Africa.

The 21-year-old impressed the selectors with a fluent 66 for Pakistan A against the Proteas in Sharjah this week.

Fellow opener Shan Masood also made an encouraging half-century in the Sharjah draw and joins Shehzad in the 15-man squad for the two-Test series starting next week in the UAE.

Shehzad is expected to earn a place a the top of the order having already played 27 one-day and 15 Twenty20 internationals since 2009.

Middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq is also in the squad, but there is no place for seamer Umar Akmal despite being given the all-clear to play after suffering a seizure in the Caribbean in July.

The opening Test starts in Abu Dhabi on Monday, with the second Test being held in Dubai starting on 23 October.

Pakistan squad: Misbah-ul Haq (Capt), Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Umar Amin, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Abdul Rehman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali, Asad Shafiq, Ahmed Shehzad, Shan Masood.