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Pakistan pace bowler Umar Gul and all-rounder Bilawal Bhatti have been ruled out for the remainder of the ODI series against New Zealand.
It has been announced that Gul sustained a bruised tendon in his left ankle, while Bhatti is nursing a hand injury.
Since they have been ruled out of the series, pace bowler Anwar Ali and leg-spinner Yasir Shah have been called up as their replacements.
“With fitness issues ruling them out for the duration of the next three ODIs, Umar Gul (injury to left tendon), Bilawal Bhatti (stitches in the right hand webbing) are being sent back home to go through recovery and rehabilitation, and pace bowler Anwar Ali and legspinner Yasir Shah have been recalled,” Pakistan chief selector and manager Moin Khan said. “With all-rounder Anwar Ali coming over, our strength in pace would be restored while Yasir Shah has performed very well in recent matches and his presence would give our attack a well-rounded look. The leggie is also a good prospect for us for the ICC World Cup 2015, so more exposure would do him a world of good.”
Despite suffering a hamstring injury while fielding during the second ODI, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq will keep his place in the side.
It has also been revealed that all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will retain his place in the side until his Indian visa is cleared.
Hafeez will travel to Chennai to rectify his bowling action after it was found to be illegal by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
Pakistan squad for last three ODIs: Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Sarfraz Ahmad (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan, Zulfiqar Babar