Karachi: Fitness issues with pacers have forced Pakistan team management to call up allrounder Sohail Tanvir as reinforcement for the on-going ODI series against South Africa. Tanvir, who is already in South Africa playing for Highveld Lions, was called up after Umar Gul and Mohammad Irfan were found struggling with fitness.
Irfan played in the third one-day international on Sunday but he limped off the field after bowling seven overs due to a hamstring injury he picked up in the second ODI in which he captured four wickets.
Team sources said that Gul is also struggling with illness and a knee problem. Sources said that if Gul and Irfan are not fit in time for the fourth ODI on March 21 than Tanvir will be included in the playing XI.
Tanvir was initially not selected in the Pakistan squads announced for the T20 and ODI series. He was seen sitting with the Pakistani players in the dressing room on Sunday. The Pakistan management had earlier before the start of the Test series also called up Tanvir Ahmed and Rahat Ali as reinforcements.