Pak call Shafiq, Irfan to replace 'tainted trio'

Published: Saturday, September 4, 2010, 12:26 [IST]
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Pak call Shafiq, Irfan as replacements

Pakistan has called batsman Asad Shafiq and fast bowler Mohammad Irfan to replace the suspended Test skipper Salman Butt, fast bowlers Mohammad Amir, and Mohammad Asif for the limited over series against England.

Pakistan had dropped Butt, Asif and Aamir from the T20 and one-day series against England under pressure from the ICC and the England Cricket Board.

The Pakistan cricket team is in the midst of a betting scam, where fast bowlers Aamir and Asif are alleged to have bowled pre-arranged no-balls in the Lord"s Test against England.

“The PCB chairman (Ijaz Butt) approved the names of the two players on the request of the team management and selection committee," a PCB statement said on Friday.

“Both the players are currently playing with the Pakistan A team in Sri Lanka and will now join the senior team by next week," the Dawn quoted a Pakistan Cricket Board official, as saying.

Tall left arm pacer Irfan has not yet played for the senior team while batsman Shafiq made his one-day international debut in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in June.


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