Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad recalled as Pakistan name T20 squad for Sri Lanka series

Waseem Ahmed 12:54 02/10/2019
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Recalls for the two controversial batsmen.

Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has named a 16-man squad for the upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka at Lahore.

There are a total of three changes from the current ODI squad which is involved in a three-match series against the same opposition with Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal and Faheem Ashraf making their international comebacks.

Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Abid Ali have been omitted from the T20 squad with wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan being the third player to make way.

Imam has been left out the T20 squad due to the hand injury he sustained in the second ODI with the opening batsman already ruled out of the series finale which takes place at Karachi on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, it is the first Pakistan call-up for opener Ahmed Shehzad since he was suspended for a doping violation last year. The right-hander’s last appearance for the national team came in June last year in the T20 clash against Scotland.

For controversial top-order batsman Umar Akmal, it is his first T20 call up since his outing against the West Indies in 2016. The right-hander was given an ODI recall earlier this year in the five-match series against Australia in the UAE but he failed to make the cut for the 2019 ICC World Cup squad.

Pakistan are slated to play three T20s against Sri Lanka with all clashes set to take place at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. The series begins on October 5 and will culminate on October 9 with the final T20I.

PAKISTAN 16-MAN T20 SQUAD

Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz

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