Haris Sohail has been included in Pakistan’s Champions Trophy squad as a replacement for Umar Akmal, the PCB confirmed on Tuesday (May 23). Akmal was omitted from the squad after he failed to pass fitness tests conducted by the PCB ahead of the main event and was instructed to return home from England on Sunday (May 21).
“The NCA trainer conducted the test of all three players and based on the reports submitted by the trainer and upon Pakistan’s team management request Haris Sohail has been selected to replace Umar Akmal for the Champions Trophy to commence from June 1, 2017 in England and Wales,” PCB said in a press release.
Sohail last donned Pakistan colors in May 2015 against Zimbabwe in Lahore, before picking up a knee injury that threatened to end his career. However, on his return, he aggregated 236 runs in five games in the Pakistan Cup at 47.20 to make a strong case for his selection.
“I am really happy to be back in the national team,” said Haris according to ESPNCricinfo. “I have worked to rectify my weaknesses. And now I am hopeful that I will put in better performances.”
“Every player wishes to perform well against India,” said Haris. “If I get a chance to play against India, I will surely try my best to put up a good performance against them.”
Pakistan are in the Group B of the Champions Trophy and will play two warm-up matches before taking on title defenders India on June 4 in Edgbaston.