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Wasim reveals reason behind not picking Haris Sohail for South Africa ODIs

Left-hander has an average of 46.80 in 42 ODIs, with the help of two hundreds and 14 fifties.

Wasim reveals reason behind not picking Haris Sohail for South Africa ODIs PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim has revealed fitness concerns as the reason behind not selecting middle-order batsman Haris Sohail for the upcoming ODI series against South Africa.

Left-hander Sohail has an average of 46.80 in 42 ODIs, with the help of two hundreds and 14 fifties.

“My major concern about Haris is his current level of fitness. I’ve seen him playing some domestic cricket and at the moment I can’t see him standing on the field for 100 overs or even close to 100 overs. I can’t see him batting for 50 overs or thereabouts either. There is no doubt he needs to improve his fitness and his current form,” said Wasim while talking to PakPassion.

“I spoke with him about his batting position and I told him that there could be a spot in the middle-order available to him, maybe 4, 5 or 6. For him to grab one of those spots he needs to improve his strike-rate and to show more commitment. He needs to keep up with the rest of the world and what the team needs from him,” he added.

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He also advised Sohail to add more shots to his repertoire inorder to improve his strike-rate.

“He will be sent to the NHPC where he will work on developing a few more shots, to come out of his shell a bit and improve his strike-rate. He will be around but he needs to work on a few things, show more commitment and he will be back. We all know he is very talented, but I do think that he has the ability to serve the team better than what he has done so far in his international career,” he concluded.