Karachi: Pakistan pacer Umar Gul failed to impress the national selectors in his comeback bid after he faltered in a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy on Monday.
Gul, who last played for Pakistan in South Africa earlier this year, had undergone a knee surgery in Melbourne in May and is yet to convince the selectors that he is fully fit.
According to sources, senior players Misbah-ul-Haq and Muhammad Hafeez had conveyed to the selectors that they wanted Gul back in the national side for the Sri Lanka series this month.
Though Gul has resumed playing cricket in domestic competitions, he has yet to perform at the expected level.
The 29-year-old Gul has taken 163 Test, 161 ODI and 74 T20 wickets in his international career thus far. the player himself is confident of a comeback when he told reporters that he was feeling okay and was ready to play for Pakistan again.
Pakistan will also be without Mohammad Irfan for the Sri Lanka series after the left-arm pacer suffered a hip fracture in South Africa. Right-arm fast bowler Mohammad Talha is expected to receive a call-up. Talha's only Test was against Sri Lanka at Lahore in March, 2009 when militants attacked the visiting team leading to the tour being called off immediately.