Hafeez to miss the first T20I against South Africa

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Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez will miss the opening T20I of the three-match series against South Africa due to a hamstring injury.

According to the PCB, the 38-year-old is suffering a niggle and he will be rested during the first T20I, which is to be played on February 2, to help him gain fitness for the next two 20-over games.

Pakistan will also be playing without their captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, who has been suspended for four games due to a breach of Anti-Racism Code.

In absence of Sarfraz, Shoaib Malik will lead the side, who also captained the team in the last two ODIs of the series.

Pakistan have lost the three-match Test series by 3-0 and suffered a defeat in five-match ODI series by 3-2.

However, T20 is the favourite format of Pakistan, they are the top-ranked side of the world and also possess Babar Azam and Shadab Khan in the ranks, who are the 1st and 2nd-ranked batsman and bowler in the format respectively.