Pakistan reduced to 10 men

Mar 18, 2013, 00:53 IST | AFP

Pakistan were briefly reduced to ten men on the field when they were refused permission to use a substitute during the third one-day international against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium here yesterday.

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, who had been a doubtful starter because of a hamstring injury, left the field after completing seven overs and Umar Akmal came on as a replacement.

But after Akmal had been on the field for 20 minutes, the umpires told Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq that the substitute had to leave the field because the maximum time allowed for treatment to a player with an existing injury had expired.  Two overs were bowled while Pakistan only had ten men on the field before Irfan returned.

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