Mohammad Amir ignored as Pakistan name squad for ODI series against New Zealand

Waseem Ahmed 13:06 03/11/2018
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No place once again for Mohammad Amir.

There was no place once again for Mohammad Amir as Pakistan announced its 15-man squad to take on New Zealand in the three-match ODI series in the UAE.

The left-armed pacer was dropped from the T20 and Test sides following his dismal showing in the Asia Cup and has now been overlooked in the one-day format too.

While Amir has missed out, another left-armed quick in Junaid Khan has been recalled to the side after missing out on the series against Australia.

Opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq has returned to the squad after recovering from the finger injury he sustained in the Test series against Australia. The left-hander underwent a successful surgery on his finger before making a return to competitive cricket on Friday in the Quaid-e-Azam One-Day Trophy semi-final.

There was also good news for Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez, who made his way back into the ODI outfit. Imad Wasim’s excellent displays in the T20 series win over Australia has seen him make a return to the ODI side after more than a year out.

There were not many other surprises in the Sarfraz Ahmed-led squad with 18-year-old pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi retaining his place after his impressive showing in the ongoing T20 series against the Kiwis.

The first two ODIs between the two sides will be held in Abu Dhabi on November 7 and 9 with the final clash taking place in Dubai on November 11.

PAKISTAN 15-MAN ODI SQUAD

Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Hassan Ali, Junaid Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Usman Khan Shinwari.

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