Sarfraz to join Pakistan squad as Kamran's cover

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Lahore, Nov 12 (UNI) Uncapped Pakistan wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed will be sent to India as reinforcement on the request of the team management after regular keeper Kamran Akmal injured himself during the third ODI in Kanpur yesterday.

''We received a SOS call from the team management that Kamran Akmal has aggravated an injury on his left hand, and the national selection committee has decided to send young wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed to reinforce the team,'' Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Dr Nasim Ashraf told 'Dawn'.

''Sarfraz will arrive in India before the fourth ODI at Gwalior on Thursday and if Kamran does not recover in time for the match, Sarfraz will play in Gwalior.

''We are not calling Kamran back as he is our first choice,'' the chairman added.

In all probability, young Sarfraz might make his debut against arch rivals India in the remainder of the five-match ODI series as Kamran is under fire for his glove work in recent times. But the only thing which has saved the 25-year-old keeper from the axe till now is his batting skills, although presently he is unable to do justice to his abilities with the willow too.

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