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Pakistan Recalled Mohammad Abbas And Naseem Shah For Tests And Names Azam Khan In T20Is

Pakistan has recalled pacers – Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah – for the Test series against the West Indies. Meanwhile, Azam Khan, who is an uncapped hard-hitting batsman from Quetta Gladiators participating in PSL, has been picked in the T20I set-up that will play against England and the West Indies. The T20I squad also includes veteran all-rounder Imad Wasim.

Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah were dropped from the Test squad after the Test series in New Zealand, with the duo averaging 45 and 73 respectively.

Azam Khan, the uncapped hard-hitting batsman from Quetta Gladiators, has been picked in the T20I squad.
Azam Khan, the uncapped hard-hitting batsman from Quetta Gladiators, has been picked in the T20I squad. © Getty

Pakistan Has Recalled Mohammad Abbas And Naseem Shah And Picked Hard-Hitting Batsman Azam Khan

However, Pakistan pacer Mohammad Abbas had a successful time in the West Indies in 2017 picking up 15 wickets. He has also bagged 27 wickets in the County Championship in England this season.

“We have remained consistent in our selection and kept the same core of cricketers who have been in the set-up for a while. This is an extremely important and critical tour for Pakistan as we will be playing the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs against England as well as the T20Is against England and the West Indies as part of our preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The Jamaica Test will count towards the ICC World Test Championship,” Muhammad Wasim, chief selector, said.

“As such, keeping in view the above and in consultation with captain Babar Azam and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, we have tried our best to maintain the winning combinations but at the same time recalled four experienced players and rewarded uncapped Azam Khan for his domestic performance, while also giving him the required confidence for the future challenges,” he added.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who missed the Test series versus Zimbabwe because of a knee injury, also returns to the Test set-up. Yasir Shah’s inclusion though is subject to him recovering completely from the knee injury.

“Mohammad Abbas has regained his form, Naseem Shah and Haris Sohail have reclaimed the required fitness standards, while Imad Wasim has been recalled considering the T20 World Cup is likely to be held in the UAE and he enjoys an excellent record there. The return of these four players meant we had to leave some players, which is never an easy decision. But we have collectively opted for what was in the best interest of the side, taking into consideration the opponents and the requirement of the formats on the upcoming tours,” Wasim noted.

“Yasir Shah’s inclusion is subject to clearing his fitness test. He was sidelined due to a knee injury after the second Test against South Africa earlier this year and was expected to reclaim complete fitness for the West Indies tour. It, however, has not been the case, but we remain hopeful that he will complete his rehabilitation before the departure,” he added.

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Naseem Shah and Mohammad Abbas have returned to Pakistan’s Test squad Getty Images

Nauman Ali, a left-arm spinner, who has made a successful start to his Test career, retains his place in the Test set-up. Leg-spinner Zahid Mahmood and off-spinner Sajid Khan have also been retained for the two Tests to be played in Jamaica.

On the other hand, Azam Khan, who scored at a strike rate of over 144 for Gladiators, makes it to the T20I squad. Azam Khan has notched up 743 runs at an impressive strike rate of 157.41 in his T20 career so far. Imad Wasim, who hasn’t played a T20I since December last year, has also been selected.

Pakistan Has Included Saud Shakeel In ODI And Test Squad

Pakistan is also set to play three ODIs against England in July. For that series, Pakistan’s selectors have included uncapped batsman Saud Shakeel. Saud Shakeel, who is a prolific run-getter in Pakistan’s domestic cricket, missed out on the twin tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe due to a Grade-1 quadriceps tear. Incidentally, he also makes it into the Test squad.

Haris Sohail. — Photo courtesy of Haris Sohail's Twitter handle
Haris Sohail. — Photo courtesy of Haris Sohail’s Twitter handle

The experienced batsman, Haris Sohail, also finds a place in the ODI squad. Meanwhile, Tabish Khan and Salman Ali Agha have been dropped from the 21-man squad, though Salman Ali Agha is part of the ODI squad for England.

“The side since the home series against South Africa has maintained an upward movement, but still there are a few loose ends that we would like to close by the end of the England and West Indies tours so that there is absolute clarity on our compositions for the post-West Indies tour engagements. I strongly believe the changes will plug those gaps and will put us in a strong position in our endeavors to feature in the top three across all formats by the end of 2023.”

Pakistan will play three ODIs and three T20Is in England from 8-20 July, before taking on West Indies in five T20Is that will be followed by two Tests.

Squads:

ODIs: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Usman Qadir

T20Is: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, and Usman Qadir.

Tests: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Yasir Shah (subject to fitness) and Zahid Mahmood.

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Pakistan Cricketers Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail Back Off From England’s Tour

Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Amir and Haris Sohail have withdrawn their names from the England tour where their team will play three-match Test and T20I series in August. Amir is expecting the birth of his second child at the same time while Haris has given some personal reasons to back off from the tour.

Additionally, Mohammad Amir, who was left out from PCB’s central contract this year, had retired from the Test cricket last year. So, if he tours England, he will be only available to play the T20I series, which will start from last week of August. And also, touring England means, the players will have to be away with there families for around two months. Thus, Amir chooses to be with his wife and child.

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Haris Sohail. Image Credit: Getty Images.

It is understood that Haris Sohail has also withdrawn his name because he doesn’t want to be away with his family as the players are not allowed to accompany them.

28 Pakistani players to tour England:

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that they would announce a 42-person touring team, with 28 players and 14 support staff to accompany them. Babar Azam, the newly appointed ODI captain, will travel to play both the Test and T20I series.

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Babar Azam. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Meanwhile, Pakistan will land the UK several weeks before the tour to follow the safety guidelines. They will be quarantined for two to three weeks during which they won’t be allowed to meet any outsider. The touring nation will be kept under a bio-secure environment and regular COVID-19 tests will be done during the tour.

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Well, before Pakistan, West Indies will play the series against England. They have arrived there and are currently, quarantined at Old Trafford. The three-match Test series between West Indies and England will start from 8th July in Southhampton.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Mickey Arthur Slams Reporter For Criticising Haris Sohail

Of late, criticism has become the regular part in the Pakistan cricket team. The reporters and a section of fans are trying to cook up something in order to thrash Pakistan. However, the coach Mickey Arthur has come up with a brilliant reply after a reporter criticising Haris Sohail for his slow batting in the end.

Haris Sohail starred as Pakistan beat South Africa at Lords to keep their semi-final hopes alive. After the match, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur was questioned by a Pakistan journalist about Haris Sohail’s fitness. It did not go down well with the coach who gave it back.

Sohail scored 89 runs from 59 balls, his innings was laced with nine boundaries and three sixes. The reporter questioned that the stylish southpaw has failed to increase the run rate in the slog overs despite being a well-set batsman.

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One of the best innings – Mickey Arthur

“Good, splendid knock from Haris but one thing was visible, he stepped in after 30th over, after spending 60-70 minutes, last over he could not make century as well… he had 3 wickets in hand,” the reporter explained to Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur.

However, a pumped up Mickey Arthur, who was impressed with Pakistan’s win and with Sohail’s knock, gave a fitting reply to the journalist by urging him to write something positive for a change.

Mickey Arthur, Pakistan, ICC World Cup, Wahab Riaz
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“He got 89 off 59 balls today,” said Arthur. “Why are you always talking negatively about our players? That was one of his best innings I have seen. Better write something positive for a change. Please!”

Despite the criticism, one must admit that Haris Sohail has been the real match-winner for Pakistan in the last game against South Africa. He stepped in when it mattered the most and delivered the goods for the team.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed Feels Haris Sohail Batted Against South Africa Like Jos Buttler

After securing a comfortable victory against South Africa, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed credited the complete team performance. He also praised the Player of the Match winner Haris Sohail. Comparing his batting performance with the English star wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler, Sarfaraz feels that Haris Sohail’s batting was the difference between Pakistan and South Africa.

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed decided to bat first after winning the toss. The openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman provided a good start with the 81-run partnership. While both the openers scored 44 runs, the no.3 batsman Babar Azam scored 69 runs off 80 balls.

However, the middle-order batsman Haris Sohail played the most important innings in that match. As a no.5-positioned batsman, Sohail scored 89 runs off 59 balls (nine fours and three sixes). His firing batting opened the opportunity for Pakistan to set a big target as they managed to score 308/7 (50 overs).

It was the second game for Haris Sohail in this tournament. After featuring in Pakistan’s opening match of this tournament (against Windies), Sohail missed out four consecutive matches before his latest opportunity.

Sarfaraz Ahmed highly praised Haris Sohail. He compares Sohail’s batting with Jos Buttler’s batting, the in-form English middle-order batsman.

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In the post-match presentation ceremony, Pakistan captain said, “A complete team performance. I think a couple of team combinations didn’t allow us to play him before. But he did well after getting his chance. Sometimes, change is good. Today, the way Haris batted, he looked hungry. He was the difference. Batted like Jos Buttler.”

During their meeting in this Cricket World Cup, Jos Buttler slammed a 75-ball century after coming to bat at no.6.

Sarfaraz Ahmed is happy on their complete bowling effort

Pakistan bowlers were much disciplined with the ball in hand. Among the Pakistan bowlers, the left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz (3/46) and the leggie Shadab Khan (3/50) picked up three wickets each, while the other left-arm pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi (1/54) and Mohammad Amir (2/49) took one and two wickets respectively.

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Wahab Riaz (Image Credit: Twitter)

Talking about their bowling effort, Sarfaraz added, “Complete bowling effort. Credit to Amir for picking up early wickets. Shadab picked up wickets in the middle overs and Wahab got us wickets at the death. Thank you for all the support.”

Pakistan has to work hard on our fielding

However, once again the Pakistan fielding has disappointed during that match. Pakistan fielders missed some good chances, and it can give them a massive headache.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Haris Sohail, Pakistan, Cricket World Cup
Sarfaraz Ahmed (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The Pakistan captain said about their fielding, “We have to work hard on our fielding. We dropped so many catches. All three matches are important.”

After playing six matches in the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Pakistan has earned five points (two wins, three defeats and one no result). In their remaining three matches in the round-robin stage, Pakistan will meet with New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. They can still qualify for the semi-finals by winning all these matches.

Pakistan will play their next match of this tournament on 26th June against New Zealand at Birmingham.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s latest defeat has finished their last hope to qualify for the semi-finals of this Cricket World Cup. After playing seven matches in this tournament, South Africa has earned only three points.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Haris Sohail, Babar Azam Help Pakistan To 308, Twitter Reacts

It was one of those good days for Pakistan at the office. So far, they have brilliant in the match against South Africa, who posted a brilliant total on the board. It was the young Haris Sohail and the reliable Babar Azam, who did the trick for Pakistan against quality South African attack.

Getting into the details of the game, initially, it was Sarfaraz Ahmed, who won the toss, elected to bat first. They got a decent start with Fakhar Zaman and Imam Ul Haq delivering the goods at a good rate for the team. The dup have been brilliant in the powerplay overs to take down the attack.

However, then came to the masterman Imran Tahir, who broke the partnership of Pakistan openers. He sent both the openers in quick time to make things look easy for South Africa. However, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail did the job for Pakistan.

Babar Azam
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They both ensured Pakistan stay in the game by smashing South African bowlers all over the park with ease. Haris Sohail, in particular, has been sensational for Pakistan. He smashed South African bowlers at will and faced the spinners brilliantly as well.

On the other hand, Babar Azam also batted sensibly to tickle the scorecard more of than not. Azam was smart in finding the occasional boundary, which saw him recovering the strike-rate as well. In the end, it was Andile, who dismissed Babar to dent Pakistan.

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But, Haris Sohail and Imad Wasim gave a much-needed boost to the team. Despite Imad returning to the pavilion, Sohail did what he does the best. In the end, they managed to post 308 runs on the board. For Proteas, Ngidi and Tahir are the picks of the bowlers.

Here are a few tweets:

https://twitter.com/BiasedSanjay/status/1142785097244057601

https://twitter.com/idcaleem1/status/1142785058211807232

 

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Shoaib Akhtar Reveals The Smartest And Most Talented Pakistan Cricketer

Every team is currently busy in their final preparation for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Just ahead of this tournament, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has revealed Pakistan’s smartest and most talented cricketer at present.

The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will run from 30th May to 14th July in England and Wales. A total of ten teams will participate in this competition, including the 1992 World Cup winners Pakistan. Pakistan will begin this World Cup journey on 31st May when they will face Windies at Nottingham.

Pakistan national cricket team is currently struggling in international cricket. Currently, Pakistan is the sixth-ranked ODI team. However, many cricket experts still believe that Pakistan is a dark horse for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Especially, Pakistan’s 2017 ICC Champions Trophy victory in England is still a fresh memory.

While Pakistan is currently busy in the World Cup preparation, Shoaib Akhtar reveals their smartest and most talented cricketer. The former Pakistan fast bowler claimed that the middle-order batsman Haris Sohail is the smartest and most talented Pakistan cricketer. Akhtar praised Sohail’s batting skills from various angels to prove it.

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Haris Sohail (Image Credit: Google)

According to Business Recorder, Akhtar told, “Sohail is the pick of the selection from this [current] lot of Pakistani cricketers because he can construct an inning, take single-doubles, hit big hundreds and has the brain as well to adjust to the conditions.”

The only drawback of Sohail is his knees – Shoaib Akhtar

After making international cricket debut in July 2013, Haris Sohail has played 10 Tests, 34 ODIs and 10 T20Is. The left-handed batsman has scored 726 Test runs (average 40.33), 1,320 ODI runs (average 47.14) and 140 T20I runs (average 20.00). His recent ODI performances as a middle-order batsman are impressive.

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Haris Sohail (Image Credit: Google)

Meanwhile, as a left-arm spinner, Sohail has bagged seven and 11 wickets in Test and ODI careers respectively.

He was in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy squad but didn’t play a match. On the other hand, the national selectors have chosen him for the upcoming Cricket World Cup squad.

Akhtar also added that Sohail’s big issue in cricket was his knee injuries. The former Pakistan pacer further claimed that he faced similar injuries during his international career. But Akhtar believes that Sohail is the smartest and most talented cricketer that fits in the middle-order batting.

Akhtar added, “The only drawback of Sohail is his knees, I once asked him regarding this problem and he told me that he has a genuine problem with his knees like I [Akhtar] used to have. But he is the smartest and most talented cricketer that fits in the middle order, but he is not able to get fit in as other players need to be adjusted.”

Ahead of their Cricket World Cup journey, Pakistan is busy in the five-match ODI series in England. After the first three matches of this series, Pakistan is trailing by the 2-0 margin. In these three matches, Sohail scored 14*, 14 and 41 runs.

Before this ODI series, Pakistan played one-off T20I against the home team England at Cardiff. Though Pakistan lost that match, Sohail scored his maiden T20I half-century (50 runs).

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Haris Sohail replaces injured Babar for Scotland T20Is

Lahore, June5: Left-handed batting all-rounder Haris Sohail has replaced injured Babar Azam in the Pakistan squad for the upcoming two-match T20I series against Scotland, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Monday.

The squad is the same that beat the West Indies in April, with the exception of Babar, who fractured his left hand while batting in the opening Test at Lord’s, against England.

The national selection committee, chaired by Inzamam ul Haq, confirmed the squad after consultation with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur, according to the PCB.

Haris has shown some promise this year, with consecutive fifties in the only two ODIs he played against New Zealand in January, although he couldn’t produce anything of note during the T20Is on that tour.

Squad: Fakhar Zaman, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain/WK), Fahim Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Usman Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

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2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Umar Akmal Calls Younis Khan His Role Model, Vows To Make ‘Strong’ Comeback

Pakistani unfit middle-order batsman Umar Akmal has vowed to make a strong comeback for his side in the foreseeable future, after failing to pass the fitness test in England prior to the much-awaited 2017 ICC Champions Trophy multilateral event which will be beginning with the match of hosts England and Bangladesh on June 1 at The Oval.

“I will try and fulfill whatever requirements the PCB has to make my return possible,” Umar told Geo’s Syed Yahya Hussaini.

Umar failed his second fitness test just during the 10-day preparatory camp which kicked-off at Edgbaston in Birmingham on May 18.

The reports further revealed that 26-year-old Umar failed two tests on consecutive days which forced the team management to ask him – to pack for the home, as he was replaced by a promising left-handed batsman Haris Sohail after Asif Zakir and Umar Amin were also in the fray as the replacement.

Umar has backed Pakistan team by saying they have the ability to win all the games while wishing his best to Sohail.

“First of all, I want to wish Haris Sohail best of luck. Regardless of whether I’m with the team or not, my best wishes will always be with them,” Umar said.

The Lahore-born batsman Umar has been in the news for many wrong reasons and this time he was released from the team over his poor fitness.

Interestingly, the report of annual assessment revealed Umar’s fat level has reached to 115.6, as 100 is considered as normal and his weight was registered in the excess of 91 kgs.

Earlier, it was PCB chief selector Inzamam-Ul-Haq himself who was supervising the test which was conducted by Dr Saboor at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

The insiders revealed, Inzamam has a liking for Umar and wanted him to play for the major ICC event in England and Wales.

“I also want to thank Inzi bhai [Inzamam-Ul-Haq] for conducting a fitness test in Pakistan. I was also appointed captain of the Punjab team in the Pakistan Cup,” Umar asserted.

However, Pakistan coach, who reached England after concluding the West Indies tour asked team trainer Grant Luden to take fitness test of Umar.

The aggressive batsman, who had a dismal show with the bat after making an impressive start in his international career, has apologised to his fans while adding he is focusing on staying fit and remain dedicated towards cricket.

“I still have a lot of cricket left in me and I aim to be back stronger than ever. I am even more focused on cricket now. I apologise to all the fans who have been hurt by my conduct,” Umar maintained.

The occasional wicket-keeper revealed his role model in the form of veteran batsman Younis Khan, who has recently announced his international retirement alongside Pakistan’s successful skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq.

Umar wished to learn more stay committed to the gentleman’s game while he is learning from the highs and lows of his former teammate Younis.

“My role model is Younis Khan, and even when he faced difficulties, he became even more determined. Similarly, I am now determined to come back more than ever,” Umar said on Younis.

Umar, who made his international debut in 2009, has played 116 One-day Internationals, 82 Twenty20 Internationals and 16 Tests for Pakistan. He has just registered two centuries in ODIs followed by one hundred in Tests.

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2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Haris Sohail Confident Enough To Perform Against India In England

Pakistan’s left-handed promising batsman Haris Sohail, who was inducted into Pakistan’s 15-member squad for 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on Tuesday, is confident to give his best against arch-rival India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 4.

India-Pakistan match is seen as a ‘Mini-Final’ which had already seen the tickets being sold-out for the high-octane clash.

The reporters during the gathering asked Sohail, who is expected to join Pakistan team prior to the warm-up match against Bangladesh on May 27 (Saturday), to throw some light on his selection while adding what will be his plan if he happens to break into the playing XI, particularly against India.

“Every player wishes to perform well against India. If I get a chance to play against India, I will surely try my best to put up a good performance against them,” Sohail was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune.

The Sialkot-born batsman Sohail has expressed his satisfaction after being named in the squad while stating he would try his best to prove his selection right in the upcoming tournament.

“I will try my best to play my role in the team’s success,” Sohail said.

The other two players in the consideration were Umar Amin and Asif Zakir, who further had a brilliant record to their names in the domestic cricket.

The 28-year-old Sohail replaced unfit Umar Akmal after the controversial batsman was asked to return home after failing the test prior to the conditioning camp in Birmingham.

“I am really happy to be back in the national team,” Sohail remarked.

The reports also suggested that the trainer at the Lahore’s National Cricket Academy has termed Sohail’s fitness best than right-handed batsman Zakir and Amin.

“I have worked to rectify my weaknesses. And now I am hopeful that I will put in better performances,” Sohail revealed.

Haris, who suffered a knee injury before coming to near ending career when surgery failed in Dubai after playing his last ODI in May 2015 when Zimbabwe visited Pakistan which is further seen as a landmark visit after 2009 when Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by gunmen when the visitors were on their way to the Lahore Stadium.

In 22 ODIs for Pakistan, Sohail has scored 774 runs at the healthy average of 43, he has also claimed nine wickets. The middle-order batsman has also featured in four Twenty20 Internationals.

Moreover, having the average of 52 in 57 first-class matches, Sohail averages 40.83 in 53 List A games in which he has smashed solitary hundred and 15 half-centuries.

Haris Sohail reacts over his selection for the mega event in England and Wales:

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2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Haris Sohail Called As Replacement For ‘Unfit’ Umar Akmal

Haris Sohail has been called as the replacement of unfit Umar Akmal, who was sent back home from England after the right-handed batsman failed the fitness test twice in two days.

Inzamam Ul-Haq, the chief selector of Pakistan cricket team, had earlier said that it would be either Harris Sohail or Umar Amin who would be replacing Akmal in the side and they inked upon the form of Harris.

However, Kamran Akmal, who made a comeback to the side in the series against West Indies could have been the another option due to his experience but selectors did not consider him.

“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.

Haris Sohail played his last ODI for Pakistan against Zimbabwe in Lahore, which also marked the comeback of international cricket in the country after a period of six years.

Haris has been in good form in the Pakistan Cup where he scored 236 runs in five innings at an average of 47.20. However, he failed in the final, as he could score just one run. Despite this, Federal Areas chased own a huge total of 324, with opener Sami Aslam scoring a century in the final.

Haris will be joining the squad soon before Pakistan face Bangladesh in their first warm-up game.

Talking of Umar Akmal, past few months have not been good for him, as fitness issues saw him not being considered for the West Indies series. Following that, he was fined by the board for questioning the whereabouts of Junaid Khan during the time of the toss on live television during Pakistan cup.

Junaid sent an answer to Umar via a video. Later, a committee was formed and both the players were fined for their act.

Pakistan kickoff their Champions Trophy campaign against India on June 4 in Edgbaston.