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Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday announced the 16-men squad for the three One-day Internationals and 15-member squad for the four Twenty20 Internationals scheduled from March 26 in the Caribbean.
The PCB’s chief selector Inzamam-Ul-Haq announced both the squads (T20I, ODI) after briefing the media persons at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Inzamam expressed the youngsters have also been inducted in the squads after they did well at home on the domestic leg. Both the separate squads include five uncapped players who were rewarded for doing well in domestic circuit.
“We have given more chances to the young players who are doing well at the domestic level,” Inzamam was quoted as saying by Dawn.com.
Sensing the sigh of relief, wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad were recalled for both (ODI, T20I) fixtures.
It becomes pertinent here both the batsman had performed well in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League edition after impressing the selectors in the country’s domestic circuit.
Post-2016 T20 World Cup, Shehzad was dropped from the limited-overs’ squad following the then Head Coach Waqar Younis reported to the authorities about his problems while maintaining the discipline
In the One-day cup, Shehzad scored 653 runs earlier this year as he has been given another opportunity following the suspension of Sharjeel Khan who was found guilty in the recently surfaced spot-fixing saga in PSL.
Akmal finished as the top scorer in PSL for its franchise Peshawar Zalmi. He scored 353 runs and played a vital role – to help his side to lift the maiden PSL title during the second edition of PSL final which was held in Lahore on March 5.
In 2014, Akmal last played for his country in World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
After the PCB chairman declared fitness would be the first priority in the board, the 26-year-old middle-order batsman Umar Akmal failed to pass the fitness test and was eventually overlooked by the selectors.
“The squads were also weighed on fitness and that’s why Umar Akmal failed to get a place on lack of fitness,” Inzamam said.
However, the former Pakistan ODI skipper Azhar Ali has was dropped from the squad following his dismal performance.
Earlier, the 32-year-old relinquished from the captaincy after Pakistan received a 4-1 drubbing against Australia in January this year.
The left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir has been named in the ODI squad, but according to the former Pakistan skipper, Amir has been rested for the T20s.
On the other side, the rookie Mohammad Asghar has been inducted into the ODI squad alongside leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who has made into the both squads. Left-handed batsman Fakhar Zaman, right-handed batsman Asif Zakir and all-rounder Fahim Ashraf were included in ODI squad.
Pakistan will be led by wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed when they will play their first T20 game on March 26 in Barbados.
However, the remainder of the T20 games will be played on March 30, April 1 and 2 respectively and it further will be followed by three ODIs which will be beginning from April 9 in Guyana.
Here is the list of the players named in both the squads:
16-Member ODI Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (C/Wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Zakir, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Fahim Ashraf and Junaid Khan.
15-Member Twenty20 Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (C/Wk) Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Rumman Raees and Usman Shinwari.