Irfan returns for Pakistan ODI series against Sri Lanka

Irfan returns for Pakistan ODI series against Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan was recalled by Pakistan on Friday for the five-match one-day international series in Sri Lanka next week after recovering from a stress fracture in his pelvis.

Irfan was injured during the Cricket World Cup & missed the quarterfinal against Australia. He moreover missed the historic home series against Zimbabwe, & the 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Bangladesh.

Wahab Riaz was not included in the 16-man squad for the series beginning on July 11, yet chief selector Haroon Rashid said if the left-arm swift bowler recovered from a hand injury, he could be flown in for the last two ODIs.

p>The selectors moreover included rookie Bilal Asif as cover for offspinner Mohammad Hafeez, whose bowling action will be retested in Chennai, India.

Hafeez was again reported for a suspect bowling action during the first test victory against Sri Lanka last month, & faces a one-year ban if his bowling action is not cleared in Chennai.

"Bilal Asif has moreover shown that he is a powerful hitter in the lower order, & a handy offspinner who could fill the gap in case Mohammad Hafeez's action is not cleared," Rashid said.

The series begins at Dambulla, followed by matches at Pallekele, Colombo (twice), & Hambantota.

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Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain), Ahmed Shezad, Mohammad Hafeez, Mukhtar Ahmed, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Immad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali.

Source: “Associated Press”