Sohail replaces Akmal in Pakistan CT squad

Sohail in CT squad

 

All-rounder Haris Sohail has been called up by Pakistan as a replacement for middle-order batsman Umar Akmal in their Champions Trophy squad.

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Akmal, known for his chequered disciplinary record, failed two fitness tests after joining the group in Birmingham last week.

Sohail has not played for Pakistan since the limited-over series against Zimbabwe in Lahore in May 2015, after which he suffered a knee injury which required surgery. More recently, he scored 236 runs in five games in the Pakistan Cup at an average of 47.20 with his best being 117.

Haris has represented Pakistan in 22 ODIs, scoring 774 runs at an average of 43 with a strike rate of 82.86. In the same number of ODIs, he has bagged four wickets with his left-arm spin.

“The NCA trainer conducted the test of all three players and based on the reports submitted by the trainer and upon Pakistan’s team management request Haris Sohail has been selected to replace Umar Akmal for the Champions Trophy to commence from June 1, 2017 in England and Wales,” PCB said in a release.

“I worked really hard for my comeback after battling with the injury for long,” said Sohail. “I have kept myself prepared…as a sportsman my aim is to perform and when I got dropped earlier it because of my injury and not because of my performance. So I am sure selectors have taken that into account while shortlisting my name. So all the hard work i have done is paying off.”

Pakistan are grouped alongside defending champions India, South Africa and Sri Lanka. They begin their campaign with a clash against India in Birmingham on June 4.

 

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com