Lahore, Pakistan – Pakistan on Saturday dropped out-of-form opener Mohammad Hafeez from the 12-man Test squad to face South Africa in Abu Dhabi from October 14.
The 32-year-old, Pakistan's Twenty20 captain, managed just 43 runs in a 3-0 Test defeat in South Africa in February and scored only 59 in the two-Test series against Zimbabwe last month – for a total of a mere 102 in the last five Tests.
Misbah-ul Haq was last week retained as Test and one-day captain.
Three players will be added to the squad after a three-day practice match between Pakistan 'A' and South Africa in Sharjah starting from October 8.
The second and final Test starts in Dubai from October 23.
Pakistan and South Africa will also play five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals, for which squads will be named later.
Squad: Misbah-ul Haq (capt), Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Umar Amin, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Abdul Rehman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali. – Sapa-AFP