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Razzaq snubbed from preliminary T20 squad

21 January, 2014

KARACHI: Just a day after showing his availability, senior all-rounder Abdul Razzaq failed to find his place in Pakistan's 30-man preliminary squad announced for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20.

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Razzaq said on Sunday that he had regained fitness and was looking forward to being a part of team. However, the selection committee wasn't impressed with his performance during his comeback against South Africa in the UAE.

In contrast, hopes revived for Kamran Akmal after his inclusion in the list, following some decent performances in domestic cricket."Kamran can be used as an opener," an official close to the selection committee told Our Sources. "He has good batting credentials."

The selectors have also inducted all-rounder Zohaib Ahmed following a good run.

Illyas becomes PCB's chief selector?

It has been learnt that former Test cricketer Mohammad Illyas returned as the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) chief selector.

While the Board did not make any announcement on the appointment till the filing of this report, the official confirmed that the former cricketer has been appointed for the vacant position.

"Illyas headed the final meeting to select both the ICC World T20 probables and the U19 World Cup squad," said the official.

Preliminary squad

Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmad Shahzad, Sharjeel Khan, Shahzaib Hasan, Nasir Jamshed, Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Harris Sohail, Yasir Arafat, Yasir Shah, Hammad Azam, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Zohaib Ahmed, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Raza Hasan, Abdul Rehman, Sarfaraz Ahmed

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