Pakistan recall Irfan for Sri Lanka ODI series

Irfan's last match for Pakistan came against South Africa in the 2015 World Cup

Irfan’s last ODI for Pakistan came against South Africa in the 2015 World Cup

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Pakistan have recalled left-arm seamer Mohammad Irfan for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka, which begins on July 11 in Dambulla.

Irfan has not represented Pakistan ever since he suffered a stress fracture to his pelvis midway through the World Cup.

It has also been confirmed that fellow left-arm pace bowler Wahab Riaz could play in the last two matches of the ODI series if his hand injury recovers sufficiently.

“The rehab process of Wahab Riaz is being monitored and our medical panel is expected to re-scan his injured left hand around the middle of this month to find out the recovery process,” chief selector Haroon Rashid said. “It is hoped that he recovers well in time to be available for the last two ODIs and if he is declared fit… selection committee might consider sending him.”

The only other major change to the squad was the inclusion of uncapped batsman Mukhtar Ahmed, who has represented Pakistan in three Twenty20 Internationals and scored 182 runs at an average of 60.66 and strike-rate of 158.26.

“Mukhtar Ahmed has shown tremendous improvement during this period and performed well at international level in T20 format,” Rashid said. “The selection committee feels that it is the right time to assess his potential in the one-day format by giving him an opportunity.”

Pakistan ODI Squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Mukhtar Ahmed, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Immad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali

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