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Pakistan sends pacer to reinforce squad in New Zealand


KARACHI, March 12 (AFP) - Pakistan on Monday dispatched another player to reinforce its injury-plagued cricket team touring New Zealand, official said.

"Fast bowler Mohammad Akram left for Auckland to replace unfit allrounder Abdur Razzaq," Pakistan Cricket Board director operations Brigadier Munawwar Rana said.

"Razzaq suffered food poisoning and a kidney ailment after the one-day series earlier this month and since then he has not recovered. We have called him back and are sending Akram," Rana said.

Akram, 26, is the seventh player to have been flown to New Zealand after an injury crisis hit the team which lost the five-match one day series 2-3 to the hosts.

Ace pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram, allrounder Azhar Mahmood - all injured - and openers Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir have returned while experienced opener Saeed Anwar and vice captain Inzamam-ul-Haq are regaining fitness in New Zealand.

Pakistan earlier dispatched batsmen Ejaz Ahmed, Faisal Iqbal, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, pacer Fazle Akbar and spinner Arshad Khan.

Pakistan won the first Test by 299 runs in Auckland on Monday.







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