Cape Town - Pakistan have kept faith with the squad that won the
Champions Trophy in June for the ODI series against Sri Lanka, with only former
captain Azhar Ali being given rest.
Uncapped batsman Imam-ul-Haq, who is the nephew of Pakistan
batting legend and current chairman of selectors Izamam-ul-Haq, has been called
up to replace Azhar in the 15-man squad.
The 21-year-old Imam has a List A batting average of just
more than 36 after 24 matches but had something of a breakthrough year last
season when he scored three centuries, including a double, in first-class
Azhar was stripped of the ODI captaincy at the start of this
year but did play in all the games in Pakistan's victorious Champions Trophy
campaign, scoring 59 in the final against India at the Oval.
Inzamam said: "The Champions Trophy team has been
retained except Azhar Ali, who has been rested for the ODI series to gain full
"Imam-ul-Haq has been selected in the squad, keeping
his performance in the domestic circuit, and to give a chance to a youngster in
Pakistan will play Sri Lanka in five ODIs with the first game
scheduled to take place in Dubai on 13 October.
Pakistan ODI squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad,
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shahdab
Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Ruman Raees, Junaid Khan, Haris