Umar Akmal makes way into Pakistan T20 squad against Sri Lanka

Muhammad Hafeez selected as specialist batsman depsite 12-month long bowling ban

Sports Desk July 22, 2015
Umar Akmal was not selected for the ODIs against Sri Lanka. PHOTO: FILE/AFP

KARACHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday announced their 16-man squad for the two-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

The Shahid Afridi led side saw young middle-order batsman Umar Akmal brought into the squad after being overlooked for the ODIs against the Islanders.

Muhammad Hafeez was also selected as a specialist batsman despite facing a 12-month long bowling ban by the International Cricket Council.

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Youngsters, Nouman Anwar and Imad Wasim were also given a chance to prove their talent while the inclusion of Wahab Riaz was subjected to his match fitness after he incurred an injury during the Tests against Sri Lanka.

Squad: Shahid Afridi (captain), Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shahzad, Nouman Anwar, Muhammad Irfan, Muhammad Hafeez, Mukhtar Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Muhammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Ziaul Haq/Wahab Riaz (subject to fitness)