Former Pakistan cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is likely to play in the three-match one-day international (ODI) series against South Africa starting April 2, Geo News reported.
Sources privy to the matter said that the 33-year-old is likely to keep the wickets while his competitor Mohammad Rizwan will play as a batsman.
They added that the team management is considering to make Rizwan bat at number 4 and Sarfraz at number 5.
Regarding the wicket-keeper batsman’s inclusion in the ODIs, head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and national team captain Babar Azam have also been consulted.
Meanwhile, middle-order batsmen Haider Ali or Asif Ali are likely to be dropped from the team in case Sarfaraz plays, the sources added.
Pakistan will play South Africa for three ODIs on April 2, April 4 and April 7 and four T20Is from April 10 to April 16.
1st ODI – April 02 - Friday – SuperSport Park, Centurion
2nd ODI – April 04 - Sunday – The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
3rd ODI – April 07 - Wednesday – SuperSport Park, Centurion
1st T20I – April 10 – Saturday – The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
2nd T20I – April 12 – Monday – The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
3rd T20I – April 14 – Wednesday – SuperSport Pak, Centurion
4th T20I – April 16 – Friday – SuperSport Park, Centurion
Pakistan ODI: Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Usman Qadir
Pakistan T20I: Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohamamad Wasim Jr, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal, Usman Qadir
SA ODI: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Beuran Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Janneman Malan, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jon-Jon Smuts, Rassie van der Dussen, Junior Dala, Lutho Sipamla, Wiaan Mulder, Sisanda Magala, Kyle Verreynne, Daryn Dupavillon, Lizaad Williams.
SA T20I: Temba Bavuma(C), Bjorn Fortuin, Beuran Hendricks, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klassen, George Linde, Rassie van der Dussen, Janneman Malan, Sisanda Magala, Dwaine Pretourius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lutho Sipamla, Kyle Verreynne, Pite van Biljon, Migael Pretorius, Lizaad Williams, Wihan Lubbe.