Muhammad Haris has replaced Fakhar Zaman for the remainder of the T20 World Cup. Pakistan on Thursday called up all-rounder Mohammad Haris to replace the injured Fakhar Zaman just hours before they take on South Africa in a must-win match in Sydney.
Haris was approved as a replacement by the event’s technical committee after Zaman was ruled out of the remainder of the T20 World Cup tournament with an aggravated right knee injury.
The 21-year-old Haris has only played one previous T20 international, against England in Lahore in September.
He made seven runs opening the batting alongside captain Babar Azam and kept wicket as England cruised to an eight-wicket victory inside 15 overs.
Because of knee issues, middle-order batsman Zaman was not originally named to Pakistan’s 15-man T20 World Cup squad and was a risky late replacement for legspinner Usman Qadir.
Fakhar missed the matches against India and Zimbabwe before returning on Sunday against the Netherlands in Perth, where he made 20 off 16 balls but aggravated his knee injury.
Harris has played four one-day internationals for Pakistan, scoring six runs against the West Indies in Multan in June of this year.
Pakistan will take on South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground later today, and a win will keep their slim hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.