Junaid Khan replaces Irfan for Australia ODIs

Junaid Khan likely to replace Irfan for Australia ODIs
Junaid Khan. (FILE PHOTO: AFP)
Shukriya Pakistan

Left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan has been recalled by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as a replacement to Mohammad Irfan, who had to fly back home after his mother’s death, sources said on Monday.

The 27-year-old Junaid will don national colours after a hiatus of almost two years.

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Junaid, who hails from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, last featured in Pakistan’s One-Day International side on May 31, 2015 against Zimbabwe in Lahore.

In an earlier interview with ARY Sports, Junaid said he was hopeful of making a comeback in the team soon.

“I have only one choice, perform and get selected in the team. When I was dropped for the first time, I was disappointed, but seniors of the team counselled me and I took those emotions positively and started working harder,” he had said.

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Pakistan great and former captain Wasim Akram, too, has always rated Junaid high, often terming him as an exceptional left-arm fast bowler.

After suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat in Tests, Pakistan face Australia in the first of the five ODIs on Friday (January 13).

The other matches will be played in Melbourne (January 15), Perth (January 19), Sydney (January 22) and Adelaide (January 26).