Pakistan women cricket team's tour of South Africa extended

Babar Azam recalls his journey from ball-picker to Test captain

The seasoned batsman pointed out that many players have been on the move since worldwide cricket resumed last summer after months of inactivity due to the pandemic.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday announced that their women's cricket team's tour of Africa was extended after it was agreed that they will play three 50-over matches and two T20Is in Zimbabwe after their tour of South Africa. "In England and New Zealand there was at least one batsman who made a century", he added.

"Of course I am not satisfied (with the performance in New Zealand), we have to improve it", Misbah said.

Brief Scores: South Africa 220 in 69.2 overs (Dean Elgar 58, George Linde 35; Yasir Shah 3-54, Nauman Ali 2-38) lead Pakistan 33/4 (Kagiso Rabada 2-8) by 187 runs.

Babar has urged his side to take a positive approach and dictate the flow of the match.

You could see why Pakistan wanted to prepare a surface that afforded as little assistance to the quicks as possible given the way Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje tormented them after tea.

"I want the team to play positive, aggressive, and fearless cricket", he said.

He now has 199 wickets from 44 Tests.

Meanwhile, they have left out Abdullah Shafique, Kamran Ghulam, and Salman Ali Agha from the players who were named in the probable squad. The former wicket-keeper batsman is South Africa's second most-capped Test cricketer after all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

Pakistan with six uncapped players in their squad would fairly be an inexperienced side against a formidable South African unit that has been winning. "I would not have said that after the way we batted but then we fought back I knew we were ahead", Elgar said.

The second test will be played between the sides in Rawalpindi from February 4, followed by a three-match Twenty20 series in Lahore from February 11-14. Pakistan has hosted three other teams in recent times - Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe - since the resumption of worldwide cricket in the country in late 2019 nearly a decade after Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by armed hooligans but the cricketers escaped with minor injuries in 2009.

"I think Mark Boucher and one or two other guys who have played here would keep us updated and guide us", said De Kock.