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    Default Kamran Akmal returns for Pakistan

    Kamran Akmal returns for Pakistan


    Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has been recalled by Pakistan for the Twenty20s against Australia in August, and September's World Twenty20. Kamran, who last played for Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup, was cleared by the PCB's integrity committee earlier this month.

    Batsman Imran Nazir, who last played for Pakistan in February 2010, and allrounder Abdul Razzaq have also made the squad for both tournaments. None of these three players has a central contract.

    "Each player in the side has a role and has been selected accordingly," Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's chief selector, told ESPNcricinfo. "Razzaq and Imran are utility players and can make a difference. Imran is a good fielder, while Razzaq can also be useful as a seamer on Sri Lankan pitches [during the World T20] and can score some quick runs."

    Mohammad Hafeez, who was named Pakistan's Twenty20 captain ahead of the just-concluded Sri Lanka tour, will continue to lead. According to the PCB release that announced the squad, Hafeez has been named captain 'till the end of 2012'.

    Asad Shafiq has been picked following his solid Test series in Sri Lanka, during which he scored two half-centuries and a hundred in five innings. He has scored 192 runs in 10 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan.

    Opener Nasir Jamshed is also back, after recovering from a fracture of the index finger that ruled him out of the Sri Lanka tour. He is one of four openers in the squad, along with Nazir, Kamran and Hafeez.

    Speaking after the news of his selection broke, Jamshed said was looking forward to the competition among the openers. "Winning back the opportunity [to play for Pakistan] is always hard, and I am glad to have [my place] back. I have recovered [from the injury] and am sensing tough competition for the opening slot. But being a left-hander, it differentiates me from the other [three]."

    The players to miss out from the Twenty20 squad that played in Sri Lanka are Khalid Latif, Ahmed Shahzad, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail and wicketkeeper Shakeel Ansar.

    There are no changes on the bowling front, with Saeed Ajmal and 20-year-old Raza Hasan being the specialist spinners, and Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Sami the quicks.

    "Raza, though young, isn't a new name," Qasim said. "He has been performing and [taking into account] the need for a left-arm spinner, he is the best [option] at the moment.

    "Sami, along with Gul, is our strike bowler. They may not be in form, but with ample experience under their belt they can bounce back and play their role."

    Squad for Australia T20s, World T20
    Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wk), Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir

    In: Kamran Akmal, Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq, Asad Shafiq, Nasir Jamshed

    Out: Khalid Latif, Ahmed Shahzad, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail, Shakeel Ansar
    دل کرتا ہے کہ لپٹ جائوں روح بن کر تیرے جسم سے۔۔۔۔
    کہ جب تم سے جُدا ہوں تو تیری جان ہی نکل جائے۔۔۔۔

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    Default Re: Kamran Akmal returns for Pakistan

    i think this team will be best:
    Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami/Sohail Tanvir.
    دل کرتا ہے کہ لپٹ جائوں روح بن کر تیرے جسم سے۔۔۔۔
    کہ جب تم سے جُدا ہوں تو تیری جان ہی نکل جائے۔۔۔۔

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