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)


imran | 6 years ago | Reply @US CENTCOM: Please re call when was the last time he played a winning role? And that sooner or later has a limit and one cannot wait it to happen till the life time if u akmal. I know since we have no akmal in team we are winning and get rid of these parchee brothers once and for all. Enough.
US CENTCOM | 6 years ago | Reply I know Umar Akmal has faced a lot of criticism in recent times, but I am still happy to see him back in the team. He is a match winner and I believe sooner or later he will become the star everyone expects him to be. I am not sure about M. Hafeez’s inclusion given his recent form in the T20 matches. Plus he no longer is allowed to bowl for 12 months. Overall, it is a good squad in my opinion given the injury issues to some of our key players. Ali Khan Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM
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