Pakistan’s fast bowling all-rounder Wahab Riaz was not picked amongst the 16 named for the five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka starting at Dambulla on July 11.
However Pakistan’s chief selector Haroon Rashid was quoted as saying, “Wahab, who has a fracture on his knuckle, has not been ruled out of the entire series. It is hoped that he recovers well in time to be available for the last two ODIs, and if he is declared fit by the medical panel, the selection committee might consider sending him over depending on the situation of the series after consulting the team management.”
In Riaz’s absence fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been recalled to the side after recovering from a stress fracture of the pelvis, an injury he sustained during the 2015 World Cup.
The Pakistan ODI team includes two uncapped players – off-spinning all-rounder Bilal Asif and batsman Mukhtar Ahmed, and fast bowlers Ehsan Ali and Rahat Ali, both of whom are currently playing in the third Test at Pallekele.
Also included was Mohammad Hafeez who was forced to miss the ongoing third Test as he has gone to Chennai to undergo a test of his bowling action after being reported at the end of the second Test played at the P Sara Oval.
There was no place for fast bowlers Junaid Khan and Mohammad Sami and batsmen Haris Sohail and Sohaib Maqsood (injured).
Pakistan ODI squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Mukhtar Ahmed, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (vice-captain) Yasir Shah, Bilal Asif, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali.