KARACHI: The national selection committee has drafted in all-rounder Saad Nasim for the ODI series against Bangladesh after middle-order batsman Sohaib Maqsood was ruled out of the series due to a hand injury.
Saad was already part of the T20 team playing a solitary T20I.
Maqsood suffered from a recurrence of a fracture in his upper left-arm, it was determined after investigation under the supervision of PCB sports medicine head Sohail Saleem.
“This post-selection recurrence has ruled Maqsood out of the ODI and Twenty20 Internationals series against Bangladesh. Maqsood had already joined the camp, and he complained of acute pain during the gym/fitness session on the first morning,” read a PCB press release. “Subsequently, he underwent investigation which revealed that there is a tiny broken piece of bone off the hook of hamate.”
The injury blow means that Haris Sohail will be the only player in the middle-order who was part of the World Cup side as Misbahul Haq and Shahid Afridi have retired, while Younis Khan and Umar Akmal were not selected.
Sohaib was among the candidates for the captaincy but lost the race as he could not perform according to his potential in the mega event and Azhar Ali was named Misbah’s successor in one-dayers.
“I felt pain while batting in the nets and decided to be sincere to myself and the team by revealing my discomfort,” Sohaib told The Express Tribune. “The plan is get to over this injury properly because there are lot of important assignments coming in the future. I’ll see the specialist in the next few days and then it would be decided whether to have surgery on it or not.”
Pakistan are due to take on Bangladesh in three one-dayers, two Tests and a single T20 match.
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