The Pakistani team on Tuesday announced its squad for the One-Day International (ODI) series against Ireland and England starting from August 18.
Senior Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul has been included in the squad while left-arm pacer Mohammad Irfan has been left out.Gul, who last represented Pakistan in an ODI in April 2015, is one of four fast bowlers – including the uncapped Hasan Ali in the 15-man squad. Hasan Ali was a part of the Pakistan A squad that took part in a triangular series involving England Lions and Sri Lanka A recently and had picked up five wickets.
Meanwhile, Sami Aslam has been rewarded for his brilliant performance during the third Test against England. The young opener, who has been included in the squad ahead of out of favour opener Ahmed Shehzad, scored two high-qualities fifties in his debut Test at Edgbaston.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah has also made a comeback to the ODI team for the first time since November 2015. He was suspended for a doping offence and was unavailable for selection when Pakistan had toured New Zealand earlier this year.
Announcing the squad, Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said:
“While picking the squad, the team management and skipper were consulted and all concerned gave their consent in this regard. The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions and the recent performances of some players in domestic and A Team tours.
“The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and the selectors believe that team will do well.”
Pakistan will take on Ireland in two ODIs on August 18 and 20 which will be followed by a five-match series against England. Pakistan will end their tour with a T20I against England in Manchester on September 7.
Pakistan ODI squad:
Azhar Ali (C), Sharjeel Khan, Sami Aslam, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Nawaz
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