Pakistan one day side problems have been further compounded as premier batsman Mohammad Hafeez has been ruled out of the series against England due to calf strain. Pakistan has lost the first two games of the one day series and the loss of Hafeez will surely dent the side’s hopes of putting up a tough fight in the next remaining games in the series.Hafeez had a tough tour to England after he could not make any noteworthy scores in the test series and also fell for a low in the first one day game. He will be replaced by left arm pacer Mohammad Irfan in the Pakistan’s squad.
Mohammad Hafeez also has been barred from bowling off-spin as he was found to have an illegal action and was therefore asked to remodel his action. He was due to give his test for bowling in the coming weeks. The management did state that Hafeez did experience discomfort in his left calf which was later found to be a minor strain.PCB has ruled out participation of the batsman as a precautionary measure so that he does not aggravate his injury sustained on the tour. Mohammad Hafeez will immediately be send back to go through the process of rehabilitation to gain full fitness for the next tour against West Indies.
Mohammad Irfan is set to join the team ahead of the third game that will be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Tuesday. The tall left arm pacer has played 59 games and taken 81 wickets so far and last played in New Zealand in one day series in January.