Tuesday 5 November 2013 

Malik, Razzaq Recalled To Pakistan T20 Squad

Abdul Razzaq
Abdul Razzaq hits out for Pakistan against Australia
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All-rounders Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq have been recalled to Pakistan's Twenty20 International squad for the two games against South Africa later this month.

The two sides play on 13th and 15th November in Dubai, shortly before Pakistan head to South Africa for a limited overs series.

Malik's last Twenty20 International was the second match against South Africa at Centurion Park in March while Razzaq has not featured since the ICC World Twenty20 in 2012.

Razzaq has fond memories of taking on South Africa following a 72-ball unbeaten 109 in the second ODI in October 2010 in Abu Dhabi which led his side to a one-wicket win.

However, since then both he and former captain Malik have been in and out of the side, neither featuring in recent series against the West Indies and Zimbabwe.

Of the squad that toured Zimbabwe, Sarfraz Ahmed, Zulfiqur Babar, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali and Haris Sohail are left out.

With Umar Akmal fit again, he returns to the squad and will take the gloves and Pakistan's decision to pick two more all-rounders in Razzaq and Malik means that specialist bowlers Zulfiqur, Asad and Anwar, as well as batsman Sohail, miss out.

Pakistan T20I squad: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal (wicket-keeper), Umar Amin, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman

© Cricket World 2013

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Fixtures & Results

14th-18th October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
PAK 442 & 45-3 beat RSA 249 & 232 by 7 wickets
23rd-27th October: 2nd Test, Dubai
RSA 517 beat PAK 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
30th October: 1st ODI, Sharjah
RSA 183 beat PAK 182 by 1 run
1st November: 2nd ODI, Dubai
PAK 209 beat RSA 143 by 66 runs
6th November: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 259-8 beat PAK 191 by 68 runs
8th November: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 266-5 beat PAK 238 by 28 runs
11th November: 5th ODI, Sharjah
RSA 268-7 beat PAK 151 by 117 runs
13th November: 1st T20I, Dubai
RSA 99-1 beat PAK 98-9 by 9 wickets
15th November: 2nd T20I, Dubai
RSA 150-5 beat PAK 144-9 by 6 runs