Delayed Sarfraz departure to Zim leaves Pak without 'genuine' keeper

Karachi, Aug 21 : Pakistan could end up playing the first of two back-to-back Twenty20 Internationals in Zimbabwe without a genuine wicket-keeper after it emerged on Tuesday that Sarfraz Ahmed's departure had been inordinately delayed.

According to The Dawn, The 26-year-old wicket-keeper batsman got an unexpected call-up into the national limited-overs squads last Friday after Umar Akmal was withdrawn from the tour following being reported unfit during the ongoing Caribbean Premier League T20 competition.

There is no direct flight available from any city in Pakistan to the Zimbabwean capital and usually whenever the Pakistan side fly to that nation, they take the connecting flight from Johannesburg after first landing in Dubai with the entire journey to the designated destination taking nearly two days, the report said.

If Sarfraz is unable to make it, the PCB would be flying out Test wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal instead for the limited-overs series, the report added.

--ANI (Posted on 21-08-2013)

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