Pakistan Cricket Board on Friday has announced replacement player of Haris Sohail for South Africa tour.
Haris Sohail who has been ruled out of the rest of the on-going Test series with South Africa with an injury to his right knee will be replaced by Abid Ali.
Abid Ali will join Pakistan team in South Africa in replacement of Haris Sohail.
The injury kept out Haris from the Boxing Day Test, and while Pakistan succumbed to a six-wicket defeat, his replacement Shan Masood impressed in his side’s second innings at the Centurion with a 120-ball 65.
The loss of Haris was a significant one for Pakistan, particularly after he impressed during Pakistan’s Tests in the UAE in 2018, scoring hundreds against both Australia and New Zealand.
The left-hander was also amongst the runs during Pakistan’s warm-up match against a CSA Invitation XI, hitting an unbeaten 73 in his second stay at the crease.
Abid Ali who was earlier dropped from the squad will now replace Haris Sohail. Abid Ali, who has recenty scored heavily at the domestic level and for Pakistan ‘A’.
Abid Ali’s Recent Four day Performances:
- vs Australia 85, 51
- vs NewZealand A 83, 61, 10, 105
- vs England Lions 11, 113
- vs HBL QEATrophy Final 134
Earlier there were reports that Fawad Alam might get a call and will replace Haris Sohail in on-going tour of South Africa.
Fawad Alam, the balm to Pakistan’s batting miseries. Being another left-hander to replace the left-handed Sohail, he has been Pakistan’s top domestic performer as his fans never fail to remind everyone of.
His shift batting style depends on grit and scavenging. He is not a natural stroke maker, but he is scrappy and determined and will bring stability to a faltering batting side.
With Azhar Ali once again facing a slump after his short revival in New Zealand, and Asad Shafiq consistently failing, Fawad Alam might just be the featherweight brawler Babar Azam needs at his side to maintain the calm that he seems to require to perform.
A consistent argument has been that as good as his numbers, there just isn’t room in the team for Fawad Alam. One wonders if it’s actually that, or just that he isn’t quite as pretty as other batsmen.
Thoroughly devoid of natural talent with an ugly sort of batting technique, Fawad Alam really isn’t the sort of player that ticks. He shifts balance badly and scrunches his face up unpleasantly when exerting force. Unattractive stroke play combined with a small stature and an inability to hit anything big makes him a shocking crowd favourite.