Karachi: Pakistan, on Saturday, suffered a blow ahead of their Zimbabwe tour with batsman Umar Akmal ruled out due to a back complaint.
The 23-year-old suffered the injury while playing in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Akmal will be replaced by wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed.
“PCB received the confirmation from the West Indies today about Umar not being medically fit. He has been immediately called back and will undergo complete medical examination to reassess the level of his fitness,” a PCB statement said.
“Meanwhile national selection committee has proposed Sarfraz as his replacement for Pakistan’s one-day and T20 squads for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe,” it added.
Pakistan play two Twenty20, three one-day and two Tests matches on the tour, with the first T20 on August 23.
Umar’s loss comes after opener Imran Farhat pulled out of the Test team citing family reasons.