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Pakistan recall Taufeeq Umar

March 17, 2004 19:04 IST

Pakistan have recalled Taufeeq Umar in their squad for the third one-day international against India in Peshawar on Friday.

Chief selector Wasim Bari, announcing the 15-member squad, said batsman Misbah-ul-Haq and rookie fast bowler Rao Iftikhar had been released to play domestic cricket.

"We've announced the squad only for the third one-dayer. Taufeeq has been included because he is in fine form these days," Bari told Reuters.

The left-hander scored a fluent century last week for the Pakistan 'A' team against India in the one-day warm up match to lead his team to a surprising win.

Taufeeq, a regular in the Pakistan Test team, last played a one-day international in Sri Lanka last year.

The five-match series is tied 1-1.

For India, Delhi paceman Amit Bhandari will replace the injured Ashish Nehra for the last three one-dayers.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Karunakaran Nair said Bhandari would join the team either for Friday's third game or for the last two matches to be played on March 21 and 24.

Left-arm paceman Nehra tore a webbing on his bowling hand in Tuesday's second one-dayer in Rawalpindi which the hosts won by 12 runs to level the series 1-1.

Pakistan squad for Friday's game: Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Yasir Hameed, Shahid Afridi, Imran Farhat, Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan, Moin Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Taufeeq Umar, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan.

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