Dubai – There was still no news on whether Hashim Amla would join the South African squad for the One-Day International series against Pakistan, starting at Sharjah Stadium on Wednesday.
Amla, who left the squad shortly after the first Test defeat in Abu Dhabi to be with his pregnant wife, was still awaiting the birth of his second child on Sunday and remains in Durban.
The baby was due to be born more than a week ago.
Team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said at the weekend that there was no indication when Amla, who scored 118 runs during the Proteas’ seven-wicket defeat in Abu Dhabi, would return.
He is in the ODI and Twenty20 squads.
The South Africans will play a five-match ODI series and a two-match Twenty20 series against the Pakistanis.
It is understood that the national selectors, under Andrew Hudson, are to meet to name a standby player if Amla does not make the trip at all for both the series.
The rest of the squad have arrived in Dubai and have already had a net session at the ICC Academy.
Those joining the South Africans in the last week were Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Wayne Parnell and Ryan McLaren.
The Test players not involved in the ODI games – Jacques Kallis, Dean Elgar, Alviro Petersen, Rory Kleinveldt and Thami Tsolekile – returned home after the second Test at the weekend.
The South Africans won the controversial Test – in which Faf du Plessis was fined 50 percent of his match fees for ball tampering – by 92 runs to draw the series.
Pakistan have recalled Mohammad Hafeez, axed during the Test series, for the One-Day matches.
Their selectors have also included left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir, who has been a regular for the Highveld Lions over the past two seasons.
Meanwhile, Allan Donald, the South African bowling coach who left the squad just before the start of the second Test, is unlikely to rejoin the squad.
Donald was granted leave of absence to attend to urgent family matters but is unlikely to return, according to team management.
National selector Vincent Barnes, who arrived in the United Arab Emirates before the second Test as a stand-in bowling coach, will continue in Donald’s absence and will also help in the ODI selections.
South African ODI squad: AB de Villiers (capt), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Vernon Philander, Graeme Smith, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Pakistan squad: Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed, Muhammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Muhammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir.
Oct 30: 1st ODI, Sharjah
Nov 1: 2nd ODI, Dubai
Nov 6: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
Nov 8: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
Nov 11: 5th ODI, Sharjah
Nov 13: 1st T20 International, Dubai