Pakistan call up seamer Khan
Pakistan have drafted uncapped seamer Usman Khan into their squad for the two-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka which gets underway Wednesday.
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The 19-year-old left-armer has been rewarded for his impressive performances for Zarai Taraqiati Bank team, including helping them clinch the domestic title in the shortest format of the game.
His selection comes with Pakistan missing Mohammad Irfan, who could also miss the Test series between the two nations, and Umar Gul through injury, and he will arrive in time to be considered for selection for the first of two matches in Dubai.
Pakistan warmed up with a hard-fought six-wicket win over Afghanistan on Sunday; they were without the rested Saeed Ajmal for that game but the spinner is back to take on Sri Lanka.
"We leaked quite a few runs against Afghanistan so we will have to be at our best to beat Sri Lanka and Ajmal's return will help that," said T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez.
Sri Lanka currently sit on top of the ICC rankings and defeated New Zealand 1-0 at home last month, with the opening game of that series having been abandoned with a ball being bowled.
Mahela Jayawardene opened against the Black Caps but is not involved in the limited-overs leg of the tour.
Dinesh Chandimal captains a side that will still likely include the experienced duo of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, as well as the spin pairing of Ajantha Mendis and Sachithra Senanayake.
"The advantage Pakistan's got is that they have played a lot of international cricket in the last six-eight months whereas unfortunately we haven't played nearly as much because of weather and various other things," said Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford.
The two teams meet in the second T20 on Friday at the same Dubai International Cricket Stadium before then facing each other in a five-match one-day series that starts in Sharjah on December 18.