Pakistan could lose the services of Sarfraz Ahmed for their five-match One-Day International series against Australia, with the experienced wicketkeeper-batsman expected to fly back home to be with his ailing mother.
If Sarfraz does return home, he will be the second player Pakistan lose in two days. On Monday (January 9), Mohammad Irfan, the tall left-arm pacer, had flown back to Pakistan after the death of his mother.
Sarfraz sat out of Pakistan’s warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI in Brisbane on Tuesday, though he was at the Allan Border Field. Mohammad Rizwan took the gloves instead for Pakistan.
According to a report by ESPN, Sarfraz’s mother has been admitted to the intensive care unit of a Karachi hospital. There was no official confirmation of any developments concerning the wicketkeeper-batsman from the Pakistan Cricket Board, however.
Earlier, Pakistan had named Junaid Khan, also a left-arm pacer, as Irfan’s replacement.
In the warm-up game, Pakistan sealed a comfortable victory by 196 runs. Sharjeel Khan, Umar Akmal and Babar Azam scored half-centuries, helping Pakistan to 334 for 7 in 50 overs, before a collective bowling effort saw the home side bowled out for just 138.
The first ODI will take place on Friday, at the Gabba in Brisbane.