Pakistan cricket team Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Sunday confirmed the 16-member One Day International (ODI) team for three ODI W. Indies Series to be played in the United Arab Emirates starting Sept 30.
PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan held Azhar Ali will be persisted as remain and Sarfraz Ahmad as vice-captain for W. Indies Series.
Pakistan’s ODI Squad: Azhar Ali (Captain), Sarfraz Ahmed (Vice-Captain), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Muhammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Muhammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Sohail Khan.
“While picking the squad, the team management and skipper were consulted and all concerned gave their consent in this regard,” PCB
Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq making a comeback to the ODI squad in W. Indies Series. Umar Akmal, 26, was sidelined for 18 months over disciplinary problems and played the last of his 111 ODIs in March during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Negative comments about Akmal’s behavior by former head coach Waqar Younis and ex-manager Intikhab Alam almost derailed his career. He was recalled to the Twenty20 squad earlier this month after being passed over for five months.
The last ODI Asad played for Pakistan was against Zimbabwe in October 2015 in Harare. The middle-order batsman has scored 1,318 runs in ODIs at an average of 25.34 while batting in the middle-order, and has expressed his willingness to bat at any position for the team.
Pakistan will play three ODIs in W. Indies Series on Sept 30 and Oct 2 in Sharjah, and Oct 5 in Abu Dhabi.