Asad Shafiq & Mohammad Irfan Called Up By Pakistan
Following the withdrawal and suspension of three of their players, and injuries to two more, Pakistan have called up opening batsman Asad Shafiq and uncapped fast bowler Mohammad Irfan to join the limited overs squad in England.
Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were first withdrawn from the series and then suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after being charged under the sport's Anti-Corruption Code.
The three are at the centre of allegations that no balls were bowled to order in the fourth Test against England at Lord's and despite beating Somerset by eight runs in a tour match ahead of two Twenty20 Internationals and five One-Day Internationals against England, they were hit by two injury blows.
Batsman Umar Akmal was hit in the face by a ball in practice before Abdul Razzaq hurt his back during the game and was unable to bowl.
Reports in Pakistan quoted a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) statement as saying:
“The PCB chairman (Ijaz Butt) approved the names of the two players on the request of the team management and selection committee. Both the players are currently playing with the Pakistan A team in Sri Lanka and will now join the senior team by next week."
24-year-old Shafiq has played one ODI for his country, scoring 17 against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup while Irfan, who is more than two metres tall, is uncapped, although he was named on Pakistan's original squad list for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 before his name was removed fom the final list.
Both the players are currently representing Pakistan A in Sri Lanka and are expected to arrive in England next week in time for the ODI series.
The two Twenty20 Internationals are on Sunday 5th and Tuesday 7th September in Cardiff while the ODI series begins on 10th September in Chester-le-Street.
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