Pakistan call up Shafiq, Irfan to replace suspended trio

Pakistan have called up Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Irfan as replacements for the suspended Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif for the one-day series in England.

“Both the players are currently playing with the Pakistan A team in Sri Lanka and will now join the senior team by next week,” a Pakistan Cricket Board official told Reuters on Friday.

Tall left arm pacer Irfan has yet to play for the senior team while batsman Shafiq made his one-day international debut in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in June.

Pakistan test captain Butt and opening bowlers Amir and Asif face possible life bans after they were charged on Thursday under the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption code.

British police confiscated the three players’ mobile phones following allegations of corruption in a British newspaper. They were accused of taking bribes to fix incidents in the fourth test against England which finished at Lord’s last Sunday.