Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13 January 27, 2013

Tanvir Ahmed, Rahat Ali added to Pakistan squad


Fast bowlers Tanvir Ahmed and Rahat Ali have been added to Pakistan's squad for the three Tests against South Africa. Considering the conditions and duration of the tour, the team management had requested Pakistan's selection committee to reinforce the squad with two more fast bowlers.

Both Ahmed and Ali are expected to reach South Africa before the first Test begins on February 1 in Johannesburg. Currently, their squad includes four quicks: Umar Gul, Junaid Khan and uncapped players Mohammad Irfan and Ehsan Adil.

ESPNcricinfo understands that due to a difference in choice between the selection committee and the team management, the committee decided to send Ali along with Ahmed, who was part of the reserves for the tour.

Ali has been out the side since he played one ODI against Sri Lanka in June last year, while the 34-year old Ahmed last played a Test in May 2011, in West Indies, after which he was dropped because of fitness and performance.

The Pakistan squad is currently playing a four-day warm-up match against South African Invitation XI in East London. After the Test series, Pakistan will play two Twenty20s and five one-dayers in South Africa.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Srinivas on January 30, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    A 35 year old pacer?! Hahaha.... The cupboards are empty, I tell ya!

  • Gavin on January 30, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    @hhhhdmt OK lets compare the 2. Khan - Tests - 8 wickets - 27 5 wicket hauls - 3 10 wicket haul -0 Philander -Tests - 13 - wickets - 74 - 5 wicket hauls - 8 10 wicket haul -2

    Now looking at those 2 I know who I would pick. Khan doesnt even come close. In order to get near philly he would need to take 50 wickets in 5 games to equal ohillys amazing feats. We will see how he does in these 3 tests but somehow i doubt he will be nearly as efective as big Vern is. Philly for president!! If you want to compare phillys in sub continent then you have to compare junaid in SA, so they both work out the same - Zero for all stats becuse neiither has played in each others turf before.

  • Manesh on January 30, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Funny. 34 year old called as a backup!Enough hype of Junaid who is just a swing bowler. He cannot trouble Smith and Amla anyway. In SA pace matters more than swing. These kids will learn that soon.

  • Hamza on January 30, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    counterstrike, why don't you worry about your own fast bowlers before criticising pakistans? Junaid Khan is ten times better than any bowler you have. Philander is an excellent bowler but he is NO BETTER than Junaid. He has not played in the sub continent at all, whereas Junaid already has three 5 wicket hauls in the sub continent.

    Also, WASIM AKRAM HIMSELF SAID THAT JUNAID KHAN IS JUST LIKE HIM. You are judging Junaid on a practice match that you haven't even seen? Junaid destroyed the Indian batting line up and make Kohli his bunny, thats why you are so upset. Lets see Philander average 12 in a one day series vs India in India or take multiple 5 wicket hauls in the sub continent. You are just blinded by your hatred of Pak

  • muhammad on January 30, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    tanvir is good inclusion he is good seamer and advantage is that he can bat well too averages more than afridi in test....we dont need to cry anymore who is included who is not..if pakistan wana win they can win with this team..pakistan make sure you atleast can make 300 every inning in tests which i know is really hard..bowling is of luck Pak!

  • Omar on January 30, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    @counterstrike1.6 - Just to correct you there bowlers do need time to adjust, they need to adjust their line and length according to the bouncy tracks of South Africa. A recent example was Sri Lanka against Australia in Australia. The bowlers struggled to fine the correct line and length to bowl on the surfaces there in the first couple games and then came back superbly to draw the ODI Series and clench the T20 series superbly, all credits due to their adjustment of line and length on the quicker Australian wickets. And that Akram comment, some Pakistani fan made of Junaid Khan, well let it go! I am sure some fans get caught up in the moment of success, and proclaim and start comparing some player to a LEGEND. Its nothing to be taken literally, remember Amir being called the next Akram. In an interview, he said people started to expect a lot from him after some good series, and then made comparisons of him with Wasim.

  • Yasir on January 29, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    @counterstrike1.6->You always keep on crying out loud 'Akram Akram'... Wasim Akram was not a legend right from day one..Even Wasim Akram struggled on SA pitches.I dont know which Pak fan said this Akram thing or is it made by you only.Because i never read such post here in any thread..

  • sajid on January 29, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    really fail to understand what sort of selection is this... Pakistan known to produce explosive talent which thrown in ring at a tender age.....its seem that 30 years mean new 18 yrs to paki their no young fast bowling talent available in Pakistan now....

  • Farooq on January 29, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    The call for a backup is too early, premature and demonstrates fickle-mindedness of our cricketing bureaucracy.

  • Axe on January 29, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    @ omar_choudhary -

    The way Pak fans were praising Juanid and Irfan after hammering Ind., everyone had huge expectations from them and in first innings they indeed failed miserably against domestic batsmen of SA, they both leaked runs with an Econ. rate of 4+. That is ridiculous. And if a Pak batsman says that he needs time to adjust to SA conditions then I can understand tht they usually play on flat tracks back in Pak so playing in SA might be a trouble in first few games. But why a fast bowler ? In bowling friendly pitches of SA, your bowlers need time to adjust that too against domestic batsmen ? Strange !

    And of course, I'm comparing your new fast bowlers with new SA seamer Philander. And sorry to say but this lad is way ahead of your Next Akrams.

    @ Solid_Snake

    Okay dude, If you think your silly comparisons of Pak-Ind players would make me angry then be it. I wouldn't mind.