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Mohammad Hafeez ruled out of ODI series against West Indies

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammed Hafeez of Pakistan attends the press conference. (Photo by Vivek Prakash-IDI/Getty Images)

Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series against West Indies in UAE on fitness concerns.

A member of the selection committee confirmed to The Express Tribune that the former Pakistan T20I captain has been unable to recover from his knee injury which happened during the One-Day series against England.

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Middle-order batsmen Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq are ready to return to the ODI side after some consistent performances in the recently concluded National T20 Cup. Left-handed opening batsman Sami Aslam was un-impressive in the ODI series against England, where he managed to score just 33 runs in three matches he featured.

Umar Akmal was the highest scorer in the National T20 Cup this season where he managed to score 363 runs at an average of 72.60. However, he represented Pakistan lastly in ICC World Cup 2015.

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Left-arm pacer Rahat Ali might make a comeback in the ODI squad and either of wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan or opener Khalid Latif will find a spot in the 15-men squad.

The official announcement of the ODI squad is expected to happen on Sunday. The series comprises of 3 T20 Internationals (T20Is), 3 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 3 Test matches. The series will commence from September 23 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

The ODI series is vital for Pakistan as they are keen to improve their rankings (currently ranked no.9) in the format, in order to get a direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

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Probable squad:

Azhar Ali (c), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Muhammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Yasir Shah, Khalid Latif/ Mohammad Rizwan

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