Nazir may return for ODI series against Lanka: Bari

03 July 2009

Karachi: Pakistan's acting chief selector Wasim Bari has hinted at the return of opener Imran Nazir to the national fold.

Nazir is one of the four Pakistani players to have shunned ICL but the PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt had said Nazir would not be considered for national selection because of his behaviour in the final of the national Twenty20 championship.

Bari said that Nazir had been cleared by the Board over the incident in the final when the opener had shown dissent towards an umpire, who ruled him out.

"He was cleared on June 30 over the discipline issue in the RBS Cup. That means that he is now in contention for selection in the ODIs and T20s against Sri Lanka," Bari, who is the chairman of the interim selection committee, said in an interview to a cricket website.

Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq have already returned to the national side and are touring Sri Lanka.

Bari also said that he would have picked Imran Nazir in the Twenty20 squad for the World Cup.

"If I had anything to do with the selection of the T20 squad then I'd have picked Imran Nazir. The first five overs of a Twenty20 game are crucial and Imran is an explosive player who could give us a much needed boost at the start of the innings.

"Not to forget that he's a brilliant fielder and really lifts the team with his efforts," he said.