Pakistan announces ODI, T20 squad for West Indies tour 2017

Mar 16, 2017, 00:32
Pakistan announces ODI, T20 squad for West Indies tour 2017

Opening batsmen Ahmed Shehzad has been recalled to both squads after a year out of worldwide competition but there is no place for Azhar Ali, who started the year as captain of the ODI squad.

Pakistan will play four T20Is, three ODIs and three Test matches during the tour of West Indies starting from 26th of the current month.

The 35-year-old Akmal last played for Pakistan in the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and has also shown remarkable form to regain his place, finishing as top scorer in PSL with 353 runs. The Chief Selector praised former ODI captain Azhar Ali, stating that he was a fine cricketer.

PCB Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said Umar Akmal has failed to clear the fitness test, and therefore was not included in any team.

The 35-year-old Akmal played his last ODI against India in the Champions Trophy four years ago while his last T20 global was in 2014 against the West Indies at the World Twenty20.

Batsmen Ahmad Shahzad and Kamran Akmal have made a comeback to the T20 and ODI squads, fresh off the back of their impressive performances in the recently-concluded Pakistan Super League 2017. The remaining three matches will be played in Port of Spain on 30 March, 1 and 2 April.

Speedster Mohammad Amir missed out from the T20I squad as pacers Rumman Raees and Usman Khan Shinwari were named to lead the bowling attack.

"The squads were also weighed on fitness and that's why Umar Akmal failed to get a place, due to a lack of fitness".

Fast bowler Muhammad Amir was not selected for the T20 squad, Inzamam informed that the fast bowler has been rested.