Pakistan recalls Shahzad, Kamran in ODI squads

Dhaka,  Mon,  26 June 2017
Published : 15 Mar 2017, 21:36:08
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Pakistan recalls Shahzad, Kamran in ODI squads

LAHORE, Mar 15 (AFP): Pakistan on Wednesday recalled opener Ahmed Shehzad and Kamran Akmal in separate squads for the four-match Twenty20 and three-match one-day series in the West Indies starting later this month.

Both batsmen earned their recalls on the back of solid performances in the recently held Pakistan Super League (PSL) where they played for opposing sides in the final.

The limited overs squads will be led by Sarfraz Ahmed, who will also keep wicket, with the first Twenty20 in Barbados on March 26. The remaining three matches will be played in Port of Spain on March 30, April 1 and 2.

The one-day matches are scheduled for April 07, 09 and 11 -- all in Guyana.

Shehzad was dropped from the Twenty20 and one-day squad after former head coach Waqar Younis described him as "undisciplined" following Pakistan's World Twenty20 failure in India last year.

But he has since shown good domestic form, scoring 653 and 286 in two one-day tournaments.

The 35-year-old Akmal last played for Pakistan in the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and has also shown remarkable form to regain his place, finishing as top scorer in PSL with 353 runs.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said in addition to recalls for some seniors, younger newcomers were also being given a chance.

"We have given more chances to the young players who are doing well at the domestic level," said Inzamam.

"The squads were also weighed on fitness and that's why Umar Akmal failed to get a place on lack of fitness," he said, referring to Kamran's younger brother.
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