Amir re­turns, Ma­sood gets maiden ODI call-up

Sport360 - - News - By Shahid Hashmi @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

Pak­istan se­lec­tors re­called fast bowler Mo­ham­mad Amir in a 16-man squad for the five-match ODI se­ries against South Africa start­ing later this month.

The 26-year-old fast bowler failed to get a wicket in his last five ODIs, in­clud­ing three Asia Cup matches in Septem­ber last year.

He was left out of Pak­istan’s last se­ries against New Zealand, but was re­drafted for the one-day side on the back of good form in the on­go­ing Test se­ries in South Africa.

The Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) said there were five changes from the Test side, which is presently in Jo­han­nes­burg pre­par­ing for the third and fi­nal Test start­ing from Fri­day.

“Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Haris So­hail, Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas and Yasir Shah have been re­placed by Mo­ham­mad Hafeez, Shoaib Ma­lik, Hus­sain Talat, Us­man Shin­wari and Imad Wasim, re­spec­tively,” said a PCB re­lease.

Chief se­lec­tor In­za­mam-ul-Haq said the squad was se­lected with the World Cup – to be held in Eng­land from May 30-July 14 this year – in mind.

“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,” he said.

Amir’s strong per­for­mance in the Test se­ries made him an “au­to­matic se­lec­tion”, said In­za­mam.

There were no places for all­rounder Haris So­hail – who re­turned from South Africa with­out fea­tur­ing in the Tests due to a knee in­jury – and fast bowler Ju­naid Khan.

Bats­man Shan Ma­sood – who showed great tech­nique in the two Tests – and all-rounder Hus­sain Talat earned maiden calls for one­day in­ter­na­tion­als.

The five-match se­ries starts in Port El­iz­a­beth on Jan­uary 19, fol­lowed by matches in Dur­ban (Jan­uary 22), Cen­tu­rion (Jan­uary 25), Jo­han­nes­burg (Jan­uary 27), and Cape Town (Jan­uary 30).

Back in the mix: Mo­ham­mad Amir.

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