Mohammad Irfan is set to leave the Pakistan ODI squad in Australia and fly back home following the death of his mother, a PCB spokesman has said.
Irfan, 34, has not played for Pakistan since September last year, when his body broke down five overs into an ODI against England in Headingley. He worked on his fitness thereafter, but was not picked for the home series against West Indies in the UAE or the away tour of New Zealand.
Having bowled more than 150 overs in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, Pakistan’s premier first-class tournament, and helping his side Water and Power Development Authority to the title, Irfan won the approval of the selectors to play the five ODIs against Australia set to begin in Brisbane on Friday. Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said the 14 players were chosen “keeping in mind the conditions in Australia” where his ability to generate extra bounce might have made him an asset.
Pakistan have not named a replacement yet, though they have have four remaining fast bowlers in the squad in Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz – both of whom buckled under heavy workloads in the 3-0 Test whitewash – Rahat Ali and Hasan Ali.