All-Rounder Shoaib Malik and speedster Mohammad Sami have been recalled to the Pakistan side for the 2 T20s against Zimbabwe at the Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore. Umar Akmal also makes his way back into the team after being dropped for the Bangladesh tour because of poor form and disciplinary reasons.
Sami, who last played for Pakistan in 2012, has been given a call-up on the account of the good shows in Super 8 competition in Faisalabad last week, where he took six wickets in three matches. Akmal also marked his return to the side with the scores of 35, 1, 95*and 85* in the same competition.
Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir and Junaid Khan are the notable exclusions from the squad that played against Bangladesh at Mirpur last month. Ajmal, who was ineffective during the tour, has been asked to practice hard with his new bowling action so as to gain some form before the Test series against Sri Lanka that commences next month. Both Sohaib Maqsood and Sohail Khan have been sidelined over fitness issues.
Uncapped 19-year-old opener Nauman Anwar and former U-19 captain Imad Wasim have been called up keeping in mind the ICC World T20- which is scheduled to take place in India next year.
Squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Sarfraz Ahmed (vc), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Mukhtar Ahmed, Nauman Anwar, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Anwar Ali, Hammad Azam, Imad Wasim, Bilawal Bhatti, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami
Probable Playing XI:
Ahmed Shehzad, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Sami, Bilawal Bhatti