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Nasir Jamshed Ruled Out Of West Indies Series

Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed has been ruled out of his side's upcoming One Day International series against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi and will be replaced by Khurram Manzoor.

The batsman declared himself unfit having recently suffered a bout of malaria.

"It is a good sign that Jamshed himself informed us he is not well and not 100 percent fit for the series," Pakistan skipper, Shoaib Malik said.

"We are happy he has been honest with us as he had passed a fitness test yesterday and we thought he could play."

Malik went on to predict a close series against the West Indies.

"West Indies have just won the 20-million-dollar Stanford challenge match against England and they have some exciting young players but my team is keen to play and do well as they haven't had much opportunity this year for international cricket," Malik said.

Pakistan will also miss Mohammad Yousuf, who signed for the Indian Cricket League earlier this month.

"We have a good squad and players capable of making up for Yousuf no longer being there in the team," a defiant Malik, who Yousuf criticised after leaving for India.

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