Malik and Razzaq sent home

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All-rounders Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq have been ruled out of Pakistan's two-match Twenty20 International series against South Africa due to respective finger and hamtring injuries.

All-rounders Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq have been ruled out of Pakistan's two-match Twenty20 International series against South Africa due to respective finger and hamtring injuries.

Malik and Razzaq were recalled for the recent series against the same opposition in the United Arab Emirates, but neither managed performances of positive influence during a two-nil loss.

Pakistan will not call for replacements – and cancelled captain Mohammad Hafeez's press conference on Tuesday. The team didn't practise either, with manager Moin Khan confirming an additional day's rest.

"The decision was taken by the tour selection committee after consultation with the team's doctor and a South African doctor," read a statement from the Pakistan Cricket Board.

"Razzaq suffered from a severe hamstring injury while training, while Malik's hand injury was exacerbated because of the travel stress. The tour selection committee has not asked for replacements."

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, too has been sidelined – and left-armer Wahab Riaz dropped. Irfan sustained a hip injury during the second and final T20I at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, while three successive ODIs without a wicket has cost Riaz.

Uncapped all-rounder Bilawal Bhatti and right-arm seamer Anwar Ali have been included. The former has been in particularly good form lately, including a five-for and half-century for Sui National Gas Pipelines Limited against United Bank in Faisalabad.

The first T20I will get underway at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on Wednesday and the second at Newlands in Cape Town on Friday. Three ODIs will follow.

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