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Akmal Gets The Nod To Tour

Kamran Akmal, the 35-year-old Pakistani wicket-keeper batsman has been recalled to Pakistan’s Twenty20 squad to play ball against team West Indies.

After being away from international cricket for the past three years, Akmal turned to the domestic Super League, where he finished as one of the top scorers with 353 runs.

Additionally, he was the top-scorer with 1035 runs at an average of 79.61 in the recent first-class season.

 He last played for Pakistan in the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

His brothers, Adnan Akmal and Umar Akmal, are also professional cricketers, the former being a keeper-batsman and the latter being a specialist batsman as well as part-time wicket-keeper.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Shehzad, who had been overlooked for a year, also makes a return to the T20 and ODI sides with Azhar Ali, who had been captain of the 50-over side, dropped for the tour.

Pakistan will play four Twenty20 Internationals, three ODIs and three tests against the West Indies from March 26 to May 14. The first test set for April 22 will mark the 50th test match to be played at Sabina Park.

Squads: Twenty20: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain) Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Rumman Raees, Usman Shinwari.

One-day: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Zakir, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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