Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2014 August 19, 2014

Pakistan call up Irfan for Sri Lanka one-dayers

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Mohammad Irfan has not played international cricket since November 2013 due to a hip injury
Mohammad Irfan has not played international cricket since November 2013 due to a hip injury © AFP

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been added to Pakistan's one-day squad for the Sri Lanka series, as cover for the concussed Junaid Khan. Irfan, who will leave for Sri Lanka on Wednesday, has not played international cricket since November 2013 due to a hip injury.

"Junaid is getting better and has started practising," Pakistan's team manager Moin Khan told ESPNcricinfo. "We just want to strengthen the bench, in case anything goes wrong with Junaid, then we can have a bowler to replace him."

The 7ft 1in Irfan, who has 39 wickets from 27 ODIs at 27.12, had suffered two fractures in the ischium bone of his hip and underwent rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore for the injury. For a while, his recovery was slow and it was feared he might need surgery, but eventually he healed without the operation. He had said in June that being ready for the World Cup was his priority, and he was not rushing his comeback since he was "ensuring this time that I can go a long way without breaking down".

Junaid missed the second half of the SSC Test after he was hit on the head by a bouncer from Dhammika Prasad during Pakistan's first innings. After he completed his innings and returned to the dressing room, he lost his balance and had to undergo observation in hospital. He was said to have a slight concussion and was advised rest.

The three-match ODI series begins in Hambantota on August 23.

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  • Abdullah07272 on August 23, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Its my xi that i prefer: 1.Ahmed shehzad 2.Shrjeel khan 3.Fawad Alam 4.Sohaib maqsood 5.Misbah ul haq 6.Umar akmal 7.Shahid afridi 8.Wahab riaz 9.Zulafqar baber 10.M.Talah 11.M.Irfan Note:This xr for this odi.where junaid r suffer from head injury and ajmal fly for test if both of them avilaible then replace ajmal with baber and junaid with talah

  • Annihalator on August 21, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    my line up is better

    ahmed shehzad. umer akmal .sohaib.maqsood . misbah ul haq .(c)fawad alam .sarfraz ahmed (wk) anwar ali . wahab riaz . saeed ajmal . junaid khan. mohammed irfan.

  • mzm149 on August 21, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    @t20cric: Unfortunately Junaid is injured. Otherwise he should be part of playing XI. I picked the team from squad available for this series. For World Cup, I would play

    1. Shehzad 2. Jamshed 3. Fawad 4. Younus 5. Misbah 6. Akmal 7. Hafeez / Afridi 8. Wahab 9. Ajmal 10. Junaid 11. Irfan

  • on August 20, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    @Zayed1013 : I like your team but instead of Umar , I prefer sarfraz ahmed.

  • t20cric on August 20, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    @mzm149: Its a good team but too bad Junaid Khan doesn't make it in your team. Junaid Khan is our main strike fast bowler & it would be nice for him to bowl with Irfan so that they can develop a lethal new ball partnership by the time the world cup happens. Remember that these ODIs are like practice for the world cup. For that reason I like Zayd1013's team better since it has 3 spinners (2 allrounders 1 specialist) & 3 fast bowlers (1 allrounder 2 specialists) along with 3 who can bowl part time (2 spin: Fawad & Shehzad, 1 pace: Younis). It seems like a team with better batting than yours as well.

  • Zayd1013 on August 20, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    1) Ahmed Shahzad 2) Mohammad Hafeez 3) Younus Khan 4) Fawad Alam 5) Misbah Ul Haq (C) 6) Umar Akmal (wk) 7) Hammad Azam 8) Shahid Afridi 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Junaid Khan 11) Mohammad Irfan

    This should be starting line up going through to world cup

  • on August 20, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    That is great news specially for Irfan fans and Pakistan supporters. Irfan never played against Sri Lanka so it will be interesting to see that how Sri Lankan Top Order play against him

  • kbilgrami on August 20, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Pakistan should not risk playing Irfan at this time. He should be fully fit and ready for World Cup. I would however like to see him bowling at least against Aussies in coming series in shorter format. It's strange that In last couple of years, Pakistan has introduced atleast half dozen left arm seamers but they could not produce a single right arm fast bowler would would play consistently in the team. Gul is beyond his prime and he will soon need his replacement.

  • Rehansohailca on August 20, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Pakistan's World Cup 2015 playing eleven for me:

    1. Fawad Alam 2. Asad Shafiq 3. Umar Akmal 4. Misbah 5. M Hafeez 6. Sarfaraz Ahmed 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Anwar Ali 9. Saeed Ajmal 10 & 11 positions for 2 out of 3 most fit and performing fast bowlers at that time i.e Umar Gul, M Irfan and M Junaid.

    Chose Asad Shafiq in place of Ahmed Shahzad because of much better technique. Sarfaraz Ahmed as a specialist wicket keeper batsman who can save us from the blunders made by non-specialists as well as bat effectively low down the order. M Hafeez is chosen primarily because he adds balance to the side as he can bowl at least 8 overs (and many times 10 overs) in an ODI and can bat much better down the order at No. 5 as compared to batting up the order. Misbah as obvious, has been the most consistent batsman for Pakistan for quite some time despite his tuk tuk. Anwar Ali is chosen as an all-rounder who would open the bowling as well as do the hitting low down.

  • on August 20, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Hammad Azam should be back in the side as an all rounder. Hafeez is there, but he's a opener. Hammad can save the wicket in the low down the order.

  • Abdullah07272 on August 23, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Its my xi that i prefer: 1.Ahmed shehzad 2.Shrjeel khan 3.Fawad Alam 4.Sohaib maqsood 5.Misbah ul haq 6.Umar akmal 7.Shahid afridi 8.Wahab riaz 9.Zulafqar baber 10.M.Talah 11.M.Irfan Note:This xr for this odi.where junaid r suffer from head injury and ajmal fly for test if both of them avilaible then replace ajmal with baber and junaid with talah

  • Annihalator on August 21, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    my line up is better

    ahmed shehzad. umer akmal .sohaib.maqsood . misbah ul haq .(c)fawad alam .sarfraz ahmed (wk) anwar ali . wahab riaz . saeed ajmal . junaid khan. mohammed irfan.

  • mzm149 on August 21, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    @t20cric: Unfortunately Junaid is injured. Otherwise he should be part of playing XI. I picked the team from squad available for this series. For World Cup, I would play

    1. Shehzad 2. Jamshed 3. Fawad 4. Younus 5. Misbah 6. Akmal 7. Hafeez / Afridi 8. Wahab 9. Ajmal 10. Junaid 11. Irfan

  • on August 20, 2014, 23:23 GMT

    @Zayed1013 : I like your team but instead of Umar , I prefer sarfraz ahmed.

  • t20cric on August 20, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    @mzm149: Its a good team but too bad Junaid Khan doesn't make it in your team. Junaid Khan is our main strike fast bowler & it would be nice for him to bowl with Irfan so that they can develop a lethal new ball partnership by the time the world cup happens. Remember that these ODIs are like practice for the world cup. For that reason I like Zayd1013's team better since it has 3 spinners (2 allrounders 1 specialist) & 3 fast bowlers (1 allrounder 2 specialists) along with 3 who can bowl part time (2 spin: Fawad & Shehzad, 1 pace: Younis). It seems like a team with better batting than yours as well.

  • Zayd1013 on August 20, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    1) Ahmed Shahzad 2) Mohammad Hafeez 3) Younus Khan 4) Fawad Alam 5) Misbah Ul Haq (C) 6) Umar Akmal (wk) 7) Hammad Azam 8) Shahid Afridi 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Junaid Khan 11) Mohammad Irfan

    This should be starting line up going through to world cup

  • on August 20, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    That is great news specially for Irfan fans and Pakistan supporters. Irfan never played against Sri Lanka so it will be interesting to see that how Sri Lankan Top Order play against him

  • kbilgrami on August 20, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    Pakistan should not risk playing Irfan at this time. He should be fully fit and ready for World Cup. I would however like to see him bowling at least against Aussies in coming series in shorter format. It's strange that In last couple of years, Pakistan has introduced atleast half dozen left arm seamers but they could not produce a single right arm fast bowler would would play consistently in the team. Gul is beyond his prime and he will soon need his replacement.

  • Rehansohailca on August 20, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Pakistan's World Cup 2015 playing eleven for me:

    1. Fawad Alam 2. Asad Shafiq 3. Umar Akmal 4. Misbah 5. M Hafeez 6. Sarfaraz Ahmed 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Anwar Ali 9. Saeed Ajmal 10 & 11 positions for 2 out of 3 most fit and performing fast bowlers at that time i.e Umar Gul, M Irfan and M Junaid.

    Chose Asad Shafiq in place of Ahmed Shahzad because of much better technique. Sarfaraz Ahmed as a specialist wicket keeper batsman who can save us from the blunders made by non-specialists as well as bat effectively low down the order. M Hafeez is chosen primarily because he adds balance to the side as he can bowl at least 8 overs (and many times 10 overs) in an ODI and can bat much better down the order at No. 5 as compared to batting up the order. Misbah as obvious, has been the most consistent batsman for Pakistan for quite some time despite his tuk tuk. Anwar Ali is chosen as an all-rounder who would open the bowling as well as do the hitting low down.

  • on August 20, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Hammad Azam should be back in the side as an all rounder. Hafeez is there, but he's a opener. Hammad can save the wicket in the low down the order.

  • on August 20, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    as always I get frustrated with the incompetent management of PCB , as usual they can never go with proper team for any tours , they always add atleast two to three over aged players under the word experience, and they still lose the matches, I would rather lose under young talent and let them learn from their mistakes than older experience useless players such as Abdurrehman, Younis Khan, Misbah ...when can we learn to know that we really do not have a good team and the talent needs to be discover within the provincial level and then groome them into a professional level.

  • on August 20, 2014, 3:27 GMT

    To my observation, Pakistan team management is obsessed with sending young and promising young players to bat at number 5 or 6.....a new batsman who they think can bat under pressure and and finish matches should be given a long run at number 2/3 first....so that they learn to play long innings and have time to develop their batting. Umar Akmal is a prime example... totally wasted at number 5/6.....

    The guys who bat at top order are not as good as Umar Akmal but they have been benefited from their team-management's obsession....Put Umar at number 3 and ask him to churn out 100's for Pakistan.

  • BigMoey on August 19, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    The PCB should be disgraced with their selection. Where are the future cricketers of Pakistan? Where is Hammad Azam, Umar Amin etc? Hammad Azam the most talented all rounder in Pakistan has been left out to rot away in society. When will you learn to pick the right balance? You've tried and tested over the years but with no success. Whats the purpose of having grass root cricket if your not going to select these youngsters? What motivation do you leave for these guys to represent their country when the future is bleak? I am a coach and have worked with many big names, including Hammad Azam, and he has stood out for me.

  • mzm149 on August 19, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    1. Hafeez 2. Shehzad 3. Fawad 4. Younus 5. Misbah 6. Akmal 7. Afridi 8. Wahab 9. Babar 10. Ajmal 11. Irfan

    There is no third pacer in the squad which is unfortunate. I am sorry Talha and Anwar are rubbish.

  • on August 19, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Good news but Irfan should not play at this point. We need him for the World Cup. It is a high time to bring in a new fast bowler as a backup to Junaid. I believe Anwar Ali should be groomed under Waqar.

  • mensan on August 19, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    I think this is good news for Pakistan. But Irfan should not be played more than 1 match in this series.

  • amumtaz on August 19, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Maybe the selectors did not get the memo. The problem is not with the bowlers, it is with the batsmen.

  • on August 19, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    if he is not 100% fit then he shouldnt be playing.

  • Lets-bash-others on August 19, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Good that they called Irfan as a back up... But they need to preserve him for the world cup... Selectors needs to invest on Irfan very carefully as he can be the deciding factor in Australia...

  • on August 19, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Not a good decision by PCB. This may ruin Irfan's career as he is coming back from injury.

  • ALI_Syed on August 19, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    We need him to be fit for world cup. Umer gul is not that fit for any upcoming series.

  • on August 19, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    this is not good decision to play irfan for a small series. We need fit Irfan for worldcup not for these small series. do not put burden on him.

  • sridoosra on August 19, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    good move to PKS. still best Umaer gul

  • sridoosra on August 19, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Good move.but i think Umar gull is the best

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  • sridoosra on August 19, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Good move.but i think Umar gull is the best

  • sridoosra on August 19, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    good move to PKS. still best Umaer gul

  • on August 19, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    this is not good decision to play irfan for a small series. We need fit Irfan for worldcup not for these small series. do not put burden on him.

  • ALI_Syed on August 19, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    We need him to be fit for world cup. Umer gul is not that fit for any upcoming series.

  • on August 19, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Not a good decision by PCB. This may ruin Irfan's career as he is coming back from injury.

  • Lets-bash-others on August 19, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Good that they called Irfan as a back up... But they need to preserve him for the world cup... Selectors needs to invest on Irfan very carefully as he can be the deciding factor in Australia...

  • on August 19, 2014, 11:03 GMT

    if he is not 100% fit then he shouldnt be playing.

  • amumtaz on August 19, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Maybe the selectors did not get the memo. The problem is not with the bowlers, it is with the batsmen.

  • mensan on August 19, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    I think this is good news for Pakistan. But Irfan should not be played more than 1 match in this series.

  • on August 19, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    Good news but Irfan should not play at this point. We need him for the World Cup. It is a high time to bring in a new fast bowler as a backup to Junaid. I believe Anwar Ali should be groomed under Waqar.