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Pakistan call up Haris after knee injury sidelines Zaman

21yo Haris has only played one previous T20 international, against England
Asia Cup - Final - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Dubai International Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - September 11, 2022 Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman reacts after losing his wicket off the bowling of Sri Lanka’s Pramod Madushan. Image via REUTERS/FILE
Asia Cup - Final - Pakistan v Sri Lanka - Dubai International Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - September 11, 2022 Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman reacts after losing his wicket off the bowling of Sri Lanka’s Pramod Madushan. Image via REUTERS/FILE

Pakistani cricket team has drafted Mohammad Haris into the squad for their must-win Twenty20 World Cup match against South Africa later on Thursday after batsman Fakhar Zaman withdrew due to injury.

Zaman sustained a ligament injury to his right knee, prompting the addition of 21-year-old Haris ahead of the meeting at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Pakistan is fifth in Group 2 of the Super 12 phase of the competition, with two points from their opening three matches.

The wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Haris to replace the injured Fakhar Zaman just hours before they face South Africa in Sydney with their T20 World Cup hopes on the line. Haris, who can also bowl off spin and keep wicket, was approved as a replacement by the event’s technical committee

The 21-year-old Haris has only played one previous T20 international, against England in Lahore in September.

He made seven runs opening the batting alongside captain Babar Azam and kept wicket as England cruised to an eight-wicket victory inside 15 overs.

Fakhar missed the defeats against India and Zimbabwe before returning against the Netherlands in Perth on Sunday where he made 20 off 16 balls but aggravated his knee injury.

Haris has made four one-day international appearances for Pakistan, with a top score of six against the West Indies in Multan in June this year.

Pakistan face South Africa at the Sydney Cricket ground later Thursday needing to win to keep their faint hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.

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