Irfan set to leave ODI squad after mother’s demise

Pakistan’s premium fast bowler, Mohammad Irfan, is set to fly back home following the demise of his mother, a PCB official has confirmed.

Irfan made a comeback in the fourth ODI against England at Headingley last year but was ruled out of the remainder of the England tour after suffering from cramps in both legs just five overs into an ODI.

He failed to make it to the home series against West Indies in the UAE or the away tour of New Zealand due to fitness problems.

Having bowled more than 150 overs in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy – Pakistan’s premier first-class tournament – and helping his side WAPDA to lift the trophy, Irfan won the approval of selectors to star in the five-match ODI series against Australia set to begin in Brisbane on Friday. Chief of the selection committee, Inzamam-ul-Haq, said the 14 players were selected ‘’keeping in mind Australian condition’’ where his potency to generate pace and bounce might have made him a valuable asset.

Pakistan have not a replacement yet, though they still have four remaining pacers in the squad in Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Rahat Ali.

Pakistan ODI squad:

Azhar Ali(c), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez

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