Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has been rested for the ODI series against Sri Lanka, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said while announcing a 15-man squad for the five-match series on Friday.
Azhar, who has been struggling with knee troubles of-late, will fly back home when the ongoing two-match Test series culminates to regain full fitness.
Twenty-one-year-old Imam-ul-Haq comes in the side as Azhar’s replacement. Imam scored 848 runs runs at 50 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, country’s premier first-class tournament, with two centuries and a double-century in the final last season.
In 13 List ‘A’ games this year, Imam has averaged 31.84 with three half-centuries to his name.
On selection of Imam in the side, Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said: “Imam ul Haq has been selected in the squad keeping his performance in the domestic circuit and to give a chance to a youngster in the home conditions.”
The rest of the ODI squad - that won the ICC Champions Trophy in June - has been retained.
Squad Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Imad Wasim, Shahdab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Ruman Raees, Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq