Islamabad : Pakistan selectors recalled fast bowler Mohammad Amir in the 16-member squad for the three-match Test tour of South Africa starting later this month.
Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the side, which opens the tour with the first Test at Centurion from December 26.
Pakistan will also play five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals on the tour, for which squads will be announced later.
The second Test will be played at Cape Town from Jan 3 to 7 next year, while the third and final match is in Johannesburg from Jan 11 to 15.
Amir was dropped from the side after failing to get a single wicket in three Asia Cup matches in United Arab Emirates (UAE) in September this year.
He missed Pakistan’s two-match Test series against Australia and then three Tests against New Zealand — both in UAE — but chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq believes the left-armer has regained his form in domestic matches.
“Amir makes a comeback in the team after regaining his form in domestic cricket, giving strength to a fast bowling attack that includes four pace bowlers,” said Inzamam while announcing the squad.
Also staging comebacks are leg-spinner Shadab Khan, and openers Fakhar Zaman and Shan Masood.
Zaman made his Test debut against Australia before he was ruled out of the New Zealand series with a knee injury, while Shadab missed both series due to a hamstring problem.