Wednesday 24 October 2007 

Asif Likely To Be Rested For Final One-Dayers

Fast bowler Mohammad Asif is likely to play no further part in the ongoing one-day international series between Pakistan and South Africa, with selectors keen to give him a proper rest before the tour of India.

Asif suffered an elbow injury in the second test in Lahore and has not played since. Pakistan lead the five-match series 2-1 with Shoaib Akhtar available for selection after a ban for the final match.

He is not certain to play in the last two games because we need him in India for the tests and one-day internationals and he is a proven performer," chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said.

Another fitness worry surrounds left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman, who has played a vital role in the series so far. He has a groin problem and his fitness will be assessed prior to the next match, in Multan, on Friday (October 26).