Wicketkeeper Sarfraz will be sent to Australia
Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has called up wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed as a cover for struggling wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal for the third Test match against Australia in Hobart, starting from January 14.
Kamran dropped three regulation edges from Australian middle-order batsman Michael Hussey off Kaneria''s bowling, on 27, 45 and 52. Hussey went to score an undefeated 134 runs, and played a crucial role in Pakistanĺs shocking 36-run defeat.
Sarfraz was earlier selected ahead of Kamran for the 2008 Asia Cup, during which he impressed with his keeping skills, but did not have a chance to show his batting skills.
Pakistanĺs teenage pacer Mohammad Aamir is likely to be fit for the third and final Test.
Aamir suffered a minor groin injury during the opening Test in Melbourne where he took a sensational five-wicket haul in the second innings to bring Pakistan back in the match.
Pakistan team manager Abdul Raqeeb while talking to Geo News said Aamir has received some treatment and is responding well.
ôHe had some icing and will be resting for a few days. He was rested on the advice of doctors because he was really stiff but hopefully he will be fully fit for Hobart.ö
According to team sources, all rounder Shoaib Malik will replace Misbahul Haq in the third test.