Umar Akmal makes comeback in Pakistan ODI squad

Photo of Pakistani cricketer Umar Akmal.

Karachi: Pakistan cricket team today recalled batsman Umar Akmal in their one-day-international (ODI) squad who was sidelined for 18 months over disciplinary problems, for the upcoming series against West Indies.

The 26-year-old played the last of his 111 one-day internationals in March during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

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He was recalled to the Twenty20 squad earlier this month after being passed over for five months.

Pakistan leads the current three-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies 2-0, with the final game on Tuesday.

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The first ODI will be played in Sharjah on Friday, followed 2nd ODI at the same venue on October 2 and last ODI in Abu Dhabi on October 5. Apart from this they will also play three Tests after the limited-over series.

The other players who were also recalled for ODI are batsman Asad Shafiq and pacemen Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan. Both these players have not played since last year, while Rahat was part of the team on the New Zealand tour in January.

The Pakistani team stands on 9th position in ODI ranking after they lost their last one-day series in England with 4-1.

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The Pakistani Squad: Azhar Ali (captain), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Khan and Mohammad Amir.