Junaid Khan replaces Muhammad Irfan

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LAHORE: National cricket selection committee, headed by Inzamam-ul-Haq, has named fast bowler Junaid Khan as the replacement of Mohammad Irfan, who is returning home due to his mother’s death.
“Inzamam, after consulting the team management, has named Junaid as Irfan’s replacement for the five-match ODI series against Australia, commencing from January 13,” said a spokesman for Pakistan Cricket Board here.
Junaid Khan last played an ODI for Pakistan in May 2015 against Zimbabwe, since then he has been out of favour following his injury.
The 27 year old bowler has expressed delight at his return to Pakistan team and has also requested the fans to pray for him.
“Alhamdulillah my hard work has paid off, overwhelmed for being selected. Pray for my safe journey and good performance,” Junaid wrote on his twitter account.
Junaid has represented Pakistan in 22 Tests, 52 ODIs and 9 T20Is with a collective tally of 158 wickets in international Cricket.
The five-match ODI series between Pakistan and Australia will commence from January 13th.
Fast bowler Muhammad Irfan’s mother passes away
Pakistan’s left-arm pace bowler Muhammad Irfan’s mother has passed away on Monday.
Irfan is flying back to Pakistan from Australia where he was on tour with the team for the upcoming five-match ODI series starting from January 13.
A PCB spokesman said Irfan is flying back home following the death of his mother. He is likely to miss out the first few matches of the ODI series against Australia.
Chairman PCB Shaharyar Mohammad Khan, Chairman Executive Committee Najam Sethi and Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmad have offered their heartfelt condolences to the Test cricketer Mohammad Irfan on the sad demise of his mother.
“The entire PCB family expresses their deepest sympathies to Mohammad Irfan on this sad occasion. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace and grant the family and the dear ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss”, said a spokesman of PCB here on Monday.Agencies

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