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Pakistan team have just 11 fit players

Britain Cricket Fixing PakistanPakistans first match since a scandal, engulfed the team during their tour of England ended with only 11 fit players have at their disposal on Thursday.

Pakistan won the southwest county one-day visit to the southwest of Somerset in the last eight runs in his final match before the Twenty20 and one-day series against England.

Umar Akmal was hit in the face batting in the nets at Somerset’s County Ground before play started and missed the warm-up match entirely while all-rounder Abdul Razzaq suffered a back problem warming-up between innings and was unable to bowl.

Shafqat Rana, Pakistan’s associate manager, told reporters Razzaq’s condition was being assessed.

Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed, speaking before play started, said he expected Umar Akmal to be fit for the remainder of the tour.

Saeed added replacements would be called up to take the squad back to its original 16-man size but said he did not know who the new players would be.

In the match itself, Pakistan made 264 all out after being sent into bat.

Shazaib Hasan top-scored for Pakistan with 105, off 120 balls with two sixes and 10 fours, while Fawad Alam made 97.

The pair put on 169 runs in 31 overs for the fourth wicket.

Debutant medium-pace bowler Lewis Gregory led Somerset’s attack with four wickets for 49 runs.

Somerset finished on 256 for nine with South African Zander de Bruyn unbeaten on 122.

Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took three for 40 and paceman Umar Gul three for 66.

The match passed of without incident and a collection amongst the crowd of 4,000, who acknowledged all the tourists’ good play with traditional polite applause, raised 2,580 pounds (3,971 dollars) for the Pakistan flood-relief fund.

Somerset chief executive Richard Gould told reporters the club would round that figure up to 5,000 pounds (7,696 dollars).

Pakistan play the first of two Twenty20 internationals against England, both in Cardiff, on Sunday.

The teams then contest a five-match one-day series starting at the Riverside, the home ground of northeast county Durham, on September 10.

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