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Pakistan get Irfan boost

Lahore, Pakistan – Fit-again paceman Mohammad Irfan will join the Pakistan squad for their one-day matches against Sri Lanka to reinforce the attack after their 2-0 Test series defeat, a board official said Tuesday.

The 32-year-old, who holds the record of being the tallest-ever cricketer at seven feet one inch (2.16 metres), will fly out in time for the first ODI in Hambantota on Saturday.

Fit-again paceman Mohammad Irfan will join the Pakistan squad for their one-day matches against Sri Lanka to reinforce the attack. Credit: AFP

“The team management in Sri Lanka had asked for Irfan to join the squad considering the uncertainty over fast bowler Junaid Khan,” a Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman told AFP.

Khan was hit on the head while hooking a delivery during Pakistan's 105-run defeat in the second Test, which ended on Monday.

“The team management is assessing Khan's fitness and will take a decision on retaining him or sending him back soon,” said the spokesman.

Irfan injured a hip during the second Twenty20 international against South Africa in Dubai in November last year, and has since recovered without surgery.

He featured in a domestic Twenty20 tournament in February and felt no pain.

The lanky paceman has so far played four Tests, 27 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20 internationals.

Seven Pakistani players Ä Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Anwar Ali, Sohaib Maqsood, Sharjeel Khan and Zulfiqar Babar Ä have already joined the one-day squad.

Sarfraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Rahat Ali and Abdur Rehman have returned after featuring in the Test matches.

Pakistan will play a one-day warm-up match in Moratuwa on Wednesday before the start of the one-day series.

The other two one-day internationals will be played in Colombo on August 27 and Dambulla on August 30. – Sapa-AFP

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