The Pakistan selectors have sent wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed to Australia and announced that he will replace Kamran Akmal in the third Test at Hobart.
Akmal put in a poor performance with the gloves in Pakistan's 36-run defeat in Sydney, dropping a number of chances, including Australian centurion Michael Hussey on more than one occasion as Australia fought back from being bowled out for 127 in their first innings to win.
Vice-captain Akmal, despite making an excellent start to the tour with runs in a warm-up game against Tasmania, has also failed to pass 30 with the bat and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been forced into making "urgent action".
"[The] Pakistan Cricket Board shows [its] utmost concern over the poor performance of [the] Pakistan Cricket Team in [the] 2nd Test Match played in Sydney Australia," a statement said.
"[The] Chairman [of the] Selection Committee was invited today for a meeting with [the] Chairman of PCB to evaluate the situation. As an urgent action, it was agreed to send Wicket Keeper Sarfraz Ahmed to Australia before the 3rd Test to reinforce the wicket keeping department.
"The tour selection committee has been informed accordingly. As a result, Sarfraz Ahmed will be participating in [the] 3rd Test scheduled at Hobart."
Sarfraz has played eight One-Day Internationals but never a Test for Pakistan and he was part of the squad that toured New Zealand before returning home at the conclusion of that Test tour.
The third and final Test begins on 14th January.
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