Sarfraz Ahmed likely to fly back home

Sarfraz Ahmed likely to fly back home
Pakistani wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed gets ready for the training session at Gabba in Brisbane. (FILE PHOTO: AFP)

Pakistan vice-captain Sarfraz Ahmed is likely to fly back home after his mother was admitted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at a hospital in Karachi, ESPNcricinfo reported on Tuesday.

According to sources, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is pondering over the name of 34-year-old Kamran Akmal as a possible replacement for Sarfraz.

Karachi-born Sarfraz was rested in today’s warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI, which Pakistan comprehensively won by 196 runs.

Read: Junaid Khan replaces Irfan for Australia ODIs

Yesterday, left-arm fast bowler Junaid Khan was confirmed as a replacement for Mohammad Irfan, who had to leave for Pakistan after his mother’s death.

After suffering a humiliating 3-0 defeat in Tests, Pakistan face Australia in the first of 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).