Pakistan have announced a strong T20 squad to take on Zimbabwe in what will be the first series in Pakistan since 2009 as former skipper Shoaib Malik, middle-order batsman Umar Akmal and pacer Mohammad Sami all return to the side.
The national selection committee led by Haroon Rasheed was impressed the performances of Malik and Sami in the domestic Super8 T20 competition, while Umar was one of the standout batsmen.
Selectors have also recalled all-rounders Hammad Azam and Anwar Ali to improve the depth of the team, while Bilawal Bhatti adds an alternative option as an all-rounder.
Swashbuckling opener Noman Anwar has been rewarded for his domestic displays with a first call-up to the national side, while Immad Wasim moves up from the Pakistan A squad.
“We’ve tried to improve the depth of the squad which is why the seniors have been called back,” Rasheed told Sport360.
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) May 18, 2015
“Malik and Sami looked in good shape and touch which is why they have been brought back while we’ve got high expectations from rookie Noman Anwar let’s see how he progresses if given the chance by team management.”
Both T20Is against Zimbabwe will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium on May 22 and 24.
Full squad: Shahid Afridi (c), Sarfaraz Ahmed (vc-wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Mukhtar Ahmed, Noman Anwar, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Anwar Ali, Hammad Azam, Immad Wasim, Bilawal Bhatti, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami
Australia wicketweeper Brad Haddin announces his retirement from one-day international cricket but says he's not even thinking about ending his test career ahead of the Ashes.
Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has announced his retirement from one-day internationals, Cricket Australia said yesterday.
Haddin made the announcement ahead of his departure for Australia’s Test tours of the West Indies and the United Kingdom today.
Haddin, 37, has played in 126 ODIs in a career that began against Zimbabwe at Hobart in January 2001 and ended in Australia’s ICC Cricket World Cup final victory over New Zealand in Melbourne in March this year.
Throughout his one-day international career Haddin claimed 170 catches and 11 stumpings, leaving him with the third most dismissals for a wicketkeeper in Australia behind Adam Gilchrist and Ian Healy. Haddin scored 3,122 runs at an average of 31.53 with a top score of 110.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) May 17, 2015
“I have had a privileged oneday career and I have been fortunate enough to be involved in three Cricket World Cups and now is the right time to walk away,” he said.
“Not many players get to write a script like mine at the end of their careers and I have been lucky enough to do just that after winning a World Cup on home soil.
“I leave the team with Australia ranked number one in the world and I am proud of everything we have achieved.”
Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said: “Australian cricket congratulates Brad on a fine one-day international career.
Tim Paine, 30, and Mathew Wade, 27, are among the contenders to replace the Aussie veteran in their one-day squad.