Ashraf rested from remainder of Australia ODIs

Pakistan all-rounder has been sidelined, bearing in mind upcoming 2019 World Cup

Ashraf rested from remainder of Australia ODIs PHOTO: AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that all-rounder Faheem Ashraf will take no further part in the series against Australia, following second ODI and will return to Pakistan on Monday.

The decision has been made by the national selection committee, in consultation with the team management, and is consistent to their policy of giving sufficient rest to the frontline players ahead of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2019, which will be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

Ashraf, who scored 28 and took one for 50 in the series opener in Sharjah on Friday, has played a Test, eight ODIs and eight T20I since September 2018.

In the lead up to their World Cup opener against the Windies on May 31 at Trent Bridge, Pakistan has a series against England -- comprising a T20I and five ODIs.

In the build up to the series against England, Pakistan will also play three warm-up matches against Kent (April 27), Northamptonshire (April 29) and Leicestershire (May 1), while two World Cup warm-up matches against Afghanistan (May 24 in Bristol) and Bangladesh (May 26 in Cardiff) have also been scheduled for Pakistan.

It has also been decided no replacement will be sought for Ashraf as the team already includes five fast-bowlers in Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain and Usman Khan Shinwari.

The remaining three ODIs of the series will be played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on March 27, 29 and 31 respectively.