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Injuries rule Imad, Junaid out of NZ ODIs
Pakistan tour of New Zealand

Injuries rule Imad, Junaid out of NZ ODIs

Junaid Khan and Imad Wasim are replaced by Aamer Yamin and Mohammad Nawaz for the five-match ODI series against New Zealand which begins from January 6.


“Imad had been carrying an injured knee for some time. He will be monitored during his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy and we will look at his fitness before the T20Is," Inzamam told reporters at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.


Junaid had been ruled out of the series earlier this week after he was advised six-week rest due to a fracture in his right foot during his stint at the BPL.


Pakistan squad: Sarfraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Rumman Raees


Usman Shinwari, who is out for six months with a stress fracture in his back, is replaced by Mohammad Amir .


Amir had missed the ODI series against Sri Lanka due to a stress fracture in his shin.


Azhar Ali replaces out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad after regaining full fitness. He was rested during the Sri Lankan ODIs due to an injury in his right knee.


“The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions and the recent performances of some players in the domestic tournament,” the PCB quoted Inzamam in a press release issued after his media talk.


Yamin, who last played an international match in November 2015, has donned Pakistani colours thrice in ODIs during Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe in October 2015. He struck a 78-ball 62 in the lower-order during the second ODI which Pakistan lost to the hosts by 5 runs (D/L Method) during a contest effected by bad light.


The squad for the three-match T20I series will be announced in the second week of January after another fitness test.