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AUSTRALIA V PAKISTAN ODIS

Sarfraz set to return home: reports

10 January 2017

Sarfraz Ahmed scored a half-century in Sydney // Getty

Pakistan could lose a second player from ODI squad ahead of series opener, according to reports

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Safraz Ahmed is set to fly home from Australia to be with his ill mother, according to media reports.

A day after fast bowler Mohammad Irfan returned to Pakistan following the death of his mother, ESPN is reporting that Sarfraz is also set to return home after his mother was admitted to intensive care at a Karachi hospital.

Sarfraz was at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Tuesday for Pakistan's warm-up match against the Cricket Australia XI, but didn't take part in the game.

Quick single: Irfan flying home after mother's death

Mohammad Rizwan took the gloves in Sarfraz’s place and scored an unbeaten 22 with the bat in his side's convincing 196-run win ahead of the VB ODI series opener at the Gabba on Friday.

It was announced yesterday that Irfan would return home following his mother's passing, with Junaid Khan called in to the squad as his replacement.

Sarfraz's departure home is yet to be confirmed, as is any possible replacement. 

Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner (vc), Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood (resting from first match), Usman Khawaja, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa

Pakistan ODI squad: Azhar Ali (c), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan (travelling home for personal reasons), Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Junaid Khan

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