Pakistan cricketers Umar Akmal has made a comeback to the national team for the Twenty20 series against the West Indies in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from September 23. The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Friday (September 9).
Akmal last played a T20I for Pakistan in the ICC World T20 in India earlier this year against Australia. Rumman Raees, the uncapped left-arm pacer, and Saad Nasim, who has played three One-Day Internationals and as many T20Is for Pakistan, have also been included in the 15-man squad. Akmal has been in terrific form in the National T20 cup, amassing 304 runs for the Lahore Whites at an average of 152 and a strike rate of 202.66. Akmal hammered an unbeaten 115 against Rawalpindi in addition to scores of 75 and 81.
Raees has played 50 T20 games and has bagged 53 wickets at an average of 25.39. He was included in Pakistan's World T20 squad but was later replaced by Mohammad Sami after suffering a hamstring injury.
Amad Butt, the uncapped pacer who was picked for the one-off T20I against England has been left out of the squad. The first two T20Is will be played in Dubai on September 23 and 24 respectively before teams travel to Abu Dhabi for the final game on September 27. The T20I series will be followed by three ODIs and three Tests.
Squad: Sharjeel Khan, Khalif Latif, Babar Azam, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Muhammad Nawaz, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Muhammad Rizan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt), Rumman Raees and Saad Nasim.