PCB recalls Khurram for Zimbabwe
07 August, 2013
LAHORE: Umar Akmal will continue to be Pakistan's wicketkeeper in this month's Twenty20s and one-day internationals series against Zimbabwe while long-overlooked opening batsman Khurram Manzoor has been recalled for the Test matches, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Tuesday.
Last month, Umar Akmal impressed the selectors in his new role as batsman/wicketkeeper during Pakistan's victory in both one-day and Twenty20 series against the West Indies. Umar will not be the part of Test squad and will be replaced by his brother Adnan Akmal.
Opener Khurram Manzoor was recalled to the Test squad. Manzoor, 27-year-old, was surprisingly dropped after scoring a brilliant 77 in the last of his seven Tests, against Australia in 2010. He failed to break into the national team despite scoring heavily in domestic matches. Manzoor replaced left-hander Nasir Jamshed, who managed just 51 runs in Pakistan's 3-0 whitewash against world No 1 Test team South Africa in the away series earlier this year. Irfan has been rested for the Tests against Zimbabwe but will feature in the one-day and T20 squads.
There are no surprises in the three teams except uncapped middle order batsman Sohaib Maqsood. Ace off spinner Saeed Ajmal, fast bowler Junaid Khan and T20 captain M Hafeez made it to all the three formats. The aim is to keep him fresh for the series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) later in the year.
All-rounder Anwar Ali is the only change in the one-day squad which beat the West Indies 3-1 last month, replacing Wahab Riaz. Wicket-keeper Adnan Akmal, younger brother of Kamran, also returned to the Test team after losing his place to Sarfraz Ahmed on the South Africa tour. Kamran once again failed to make any of the squads, while Shoaib Malik was also ignored. Former captain Moin Khan was appointed manager of the team after the resignation of Naveed Chema.
Pakistan will reach Zimbabwe on August 19 for a month-long tour. The tour will comprise two Twenty20 international matches, three One-day international (ODI) and two Test matches. Pakistan will open the tour with two Twenty20 internationals in Harare on August 23 and 24 before playing three one-day internationals on August 27, 29 and 31 -- all in Harare. The first Test starts in Harare on September 3 while the second Test opens in Bulawayo on September 10. Pakistan will then leave for home on September 15.
The squads are:
T20: M Hafeez (capt), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Umer Amin, Umar Akmal (wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, M Irfan, Junaid Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali and Harris Sohail.
ODI: Misbahul Haq (capt), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, M Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal (wk), Umer Amin, Harris Sohail, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, M Irfan, Junaid Khan, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali and Abdul Rehman.
TEST: Misbahul Haq (capt), M Hafeez, Khurram Manzoor, Imran Farhat, Asad Shafiq, Younus Khan, Azhar Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Adnan Akmal (wk), Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman.
Aug 23 1st T20 Harare
Aug. 24 2nd T20 Harare
Aug. 27 1st ODI Harare
Aug. 29 2nd ODI Harare
Aug. 31 3rd ODI Harare
Sept. 3-7 1st Test Harare
Sept. 10-14 2nd Test Bulawayo
Courtesy: The Nation