Misbah recalls Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad

Seniors Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik don’t feature in the probables list as they have been granted permission to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) until October 12.

Umar Akmal (in pic) and Ahmed Shehzad have been out of favour with the previous national selection committee and the team management.   -  FILE PHOTO/ AP

 

Pakistan’s chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq recalled Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal among the probables for the upcoming limited-overs home series against Sri Lanka.

The series is still uncertain after 10 of the island nation’s top players pulled out citing security concerns.

Shehzad and Akmal have been out of favour with the previous national selection committee and the team management. They were not part of the Cricket World Cup 2019 squad.

Seniors Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik don’t feature in the probables list as they have been granted permission to play in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) until October 12.

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Pakistan is due to host three ODIs from September 27 in Karachi, and three T20Is in Lahore until October 9. The tour is yet to be confirmed as the Sri Lankans, including Lasith Malinga, have expressed security concerns.

The International Cricket Council will also send its own independent security advisor to Karachi and Lahore to review the situation before deciding whether to appoint match officials for the series.

The series is the first assignment for Misbah as head coach and chief selector.

Misbah has called back young fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain from the CPL for the series after the board initially allowed him to skip the conditioning camp in Lahore.

The probables:

Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam (vice-captain), Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Ahmed Shehzad, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Aamir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz.