Karachi: In another apparent inconsistent selection policy, Pakistan Cricket Board on Sunday decided to send two additional pace bowlers to join the national team in South Africa.
The board said in an announcement that Tanvir Ahmed and Rahat Ali would reach South Africa before the first Test begins on February 1 in Johannesburg.
"The national selection committee has decided to send the two pace bowlers after a request from the touring team management," the PCB said.
"The selectors supported the request from the tour management after considering the conditions and duration of the tour in South Africa," it said.
The PCB statement came as a surprise because the national selectors had in the original touring squad named just four pace bowlers -- the experienced Umar Gul, uncapped Ehsan Adil and two left armers in Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan.
The decision to pick just four pacers for the full tour of South Africa that has three Tests, five ODIs and two T20 matches had been criticised by former players including Inzamam-ul-Haq and Aaqib Javed who felt the four pacers would not be able to bear the burden of such a long tour.
The addition of Tanvir and Rahat swells the touring squad to 18.