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07-Jan-2010 04:38:00 GMT
Pakistan in Australia, 2009/10

Sarwaraz Sent to Australia After Kamran's Poor Show

Karachi: The Pakistani selectors are rushing young wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed to Australia in the wake of regular stumper Kamran Akmal's poor show during the second Test defeat against the hosts in Sydney.

Akmal dropped four catches and missed a run out in Australia's second innings.

He dropped centurion Mike Hussey thrice off Danish Kaneria and also failed to perform with the bat.

Earlier, former Test captain Aamer Sohail had suggested that selectors should replace Akmal with young Sarfraz.

Sarfraz who has played eight one-day internationals for Pakistan confirmed he had been asked to fly out of Karachi for Sydney on Wednesday night.

"The call up has come as a pleasant surprise and if I get a chance to play I will do my best for my country" he said.

It is not clear whether Sarfraz would be included in the final XI in the third Test in Hobart starting from January 14 but a selector hinted that the youngster may be asked to do the national duty.

Interestingly the selectors had sent Sarfraz as understudy to Akmal on the Test tour of New Zealand in November-December but later recalled him when the cricket board asked them to reduce the strength of the squad.

Akmal has come in for strong criticism from many quarters with several former players blaming him for today's shock defeat.

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