Left-arm pacer Junaid Khan has been picked to replace Mohammad Irfan, who flew out of Australia on Monday after his mother passed away, for the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia.
Junaid, who last played an ODI for Pakistan during Zimbabwe’s historic tour of Pakistan, revealed about the selection in a tweet. “Alhamdulillah my hardwork has paid off overwhelmed for being selected pray for my safe journey and good performance,” the fast-bowler’s tweet said.
Despite his outstanding performances during the Bangladesh Premier League where he bowled 52.4 overs and dismissed 20 batsmen at a staggering average of 16 to end as the second highest wicket-taker, Junaid was initially ignored by the Inzamam-ul-Haq-led selection committee.
The bowler created controversy last year when he hinted towards his plans to play for the England’s national side saying “he had no other option”.
Since his ODI debut against the West Indies in 2011, the left-armer has bagged 78 wickets in the format at the average of 28 in 52 matches. He is yet to play an international contest in Australia.