In the first Test between Pakistan and South Africa in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan have given a chance to two players to start their Test careers. One is left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar and other is opener Shan Masood. So, the number of players who have represented Pakistan in the longest format of the game has become 215.

[caption id="attachment_2384" align="alignright" width="248"]Zulfiqar Babar, 34, is the third oldest Pakistani Test debutant after Miran Bux, 47, and Amir Elahi, 45. (Photo: WICB) Zulfiqar Babar, 34, is the third oldest Pakistani Test debutant after Miran Bux, 47, and Amir Elahi, 45. (Photo: WICB)[/caption]

There are two interesting things about both debuts. A player of Habib Bank in domestic cricket, Masood has started his Test career on his birthday. He was born today in 1989 in Kuwait. He has given a chance for Tests due to his batting average of around 35 in 56 first-class matches and scoring half-century in the practice math between Pakistan ‘A ‘ and South Africa.

On the other hand, ‘Zulfi’ has become the third oldest debutant for Pakistan in Tests; he is 34 years and 308 days old.

Miran Bux was the first oldest Test debutant for the national team. He was 47 years and 275 days when he was included in the side against India at Lahore in February 1955. The second match in Peshawar of the same series was the last Test of his career.

Amir Elahi was the second oldest to play his debut for Pakistan at the age of 45 years and 44 days. Although he had played his first Test for India at the age of 39 before the Partition, he debuted for Pakistan only after his 45th birthday.

Babar, who has played 63 first-class matches taking 309 wickets with an excellent average of 20.36, recently played three Twenty20 International matches for Pakistan.
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