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Hafeez struggled against Steyn when Pakistan toured South Africa in February
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have announced that they have axed all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez for the upcoming Test series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates.
There was growing speculation that Hafeez would be dropped after his poor performance during Pakistan’s disastrous tour of Zimbabwe, where he scored 59 runs in four innings.
Hafeez has only managed to amass 102 runs in 10 Test innings this year and constantly had trouble against Dale Steyn’s swinging deliveries when Pakistan were whitewashed 3-0 during their tour of South Africa in February.
The batting trio of Asad Shafiq, Faisal Iqbal and Shan Masood, along with the pace duo of Wahab Riaz and Eshan Adil have all been dropped as well.
However, lanky seamer Mohammad Irfan makes a return and 34-year-old Zulfiqur Babar has also been included in the squad.
Babar has excelled in the limited overs format for Pakistan, but has still yet to make his Test debut.
According to sources, the PCB are considering including three spinners in the team, which could see Babar bowling alongside Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman.
Pakistan pace bowler Umar Gul is also looking to make his comeback later on in the series after spending nearly seven months on the sidelines with a knee injury.