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Pakistan to name ODI squad for South Africa series today


Pakistan will name their squad for next month’s one-day series against South Africa today, chief selector Wasim Bari said on Friday.

Bari was supposed to announce the squad on Friday but has delayed it by a day after failing to get in touch with Inzamam-ul-Haq to gather the Pakistan captain’s input on the issue.

“I would talk to Inzamam later tonight or tomorrow morning before formally announcing the team for the one-day series,” said Bari.

The former Test wicket-keeper said that he and fellow selectors have agreed on a line-up and just need a final input from the Pakistan team management, especially Inzamam.

“We have talked to the team management before over the one-day squad but I just wanted to talk to them again because their requirements have constantly been changing in recent days,” he said.

Pakistan are to make four to five changes in their touring party for the one-day series that would get underway with a Twenty20 game against South Africa in Johannesburg on February 2.

All-rounder Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, medium pacer Shabbir Ahmed and left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman are set to return to the Pakistan line-up for the one-dayers.

While Razzaq and Rehman were a part of Pakistan’s one-day squad in the home series against the West Indies last month, Afridi was fielded in just one match while Shabbir was at that time serving a one-year ban over an illegal bowling action.

Razzaq missed the ongoing Test series against South Africa because of fitness reasons while Afridi and Rehman were not considered for the assignment. Razzaq has declared himself fit and is now set to fly for Johannesburg on January 29 along with three or more players to join the Pakistan team ahead of the Twenty20 game.

Pakistan would play five One-day International (ODI) matches after their first-ever Twenty20 game against South Africa which would only be the second outing of the tourists in this shorter version of the one-day game. The five ODI would be played at Centurion (Feb 4), Durban (Feb 7), Port Elizabeth (Feb 9), Cape Town (Feb 11) and Johannesburg (Feb 14).

Meanwhile, injured fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar on Friday returned home from South Africa after tearing a hamstring muscle during the second Test in Port Elizabeth last week.

Shoaib joins medium pacer Umar Gul, who returned home a couple of days back after suffering from an ankle injury that ruled him out of the series against South Africa.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official said that the pace duo would appear before a medical commission next week which would ascertain the seriousness of their injuries.

Later, the commission and the PCB’s physical trainer Grant Compton would decide a rehabilitation programme for the two bowlers in a bid to help them regain full fitness ahead of March’s World Cup in the West Indies.

“Gul has asked for a few days of rest before undergoing rehabilitation so he would be appearing before the medical commission next Wednesday,” said Dr Ahsan Malik, PCB’s Director of Communications.
Source:The News

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