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Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has revealed that left-arm seamer Junaid Khan was not selected for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa since the selectors felt that he needed more time to recover from a toe injury.
Junaid injured his toe in the lead-up to the series against New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates late last year.
However, while he has been cleared to represent the Khulna Titans in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Inzamam insisted that he isn’t fit enough to play international cricket.
“The selected team is a unanimous choice of the selection panel, including Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur,” Inzamam was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “While selecting the squad, we have tried to maintain consistency, taking into consideration player performances in white-ball cricket as well as looking ahead to the upcoming ODI challenges, including the World Cup.
“Junaid Khan had some good performances in the Asia Cup but unfortunately during the series against New Zealand he got a very serious toe injury. Even the doctor’s report indicated that his injury was serious.
“After that he worked on his fitness and also played in the National T20 Cup, but we the selectors felt that as he is a fast bowler, we need to give him some time to recover. So Junaid Khan will get time now [to recover].
“He is a good bowler and is part of the pool of our bowlers that we have, and we will consider him when he is fit.”
The ODI series between South Africa and Pakistan will begin on January 19 in Port Elizabeth.