Shehzad and Masood stake claims for Test spot

Either Ahmed Shehzad or Shan Masood will partner Khurram Manzoor at the top of the innings for Pakistan in the first Test. -Photo by AFP

Either Ahmed Shehzad or Shan Masood will partner Khurram Manzoor at the top of the innings for Pakistan in the first Test. -Photo by AFP

DAWN, SHARJAH, 10th OCTOBER 2013: Pakistan ‘A’ opening batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and Shaan Masood staked their claims for next week’s first Test against South Africa by scoring solid half centuries against the Proteas in the warmup match on Wednesday.

Shehzad scored an attacking 66 with 10 fours while Masood batted confidently against seam and spin before being retired out on 50 off 140 balls. Pakistan A finished the second day of the three-day game on 230-4 after South Africa declared its first innings at 354-8.

Pakistan selectors left the second opening slot vacant while naming a 12-man squad for Monday’s first Test, and either Shehzad or Masood will get the nod to partner Khurram Manzoor at Abu Dhabi.

Asad Shafiq, who will likely play in the middle order in the first test, was unbeaten on 32.

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