Pakistan Recall Malik, Drop Akmal
Pakistan have dropped Umar Akmal, Sohail Tanvir and Tanvir Ahmed from their 15-man squad that will face Sri Lanka in three Test matches later this month in the UAE. Abdur Rehman, Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat are the main beneficiaries.
Akmal was dropped following a sustained period of underachievement in the Test side and Pakistan Chief Selector, Mohsin Khan, said of his omission, "Umar is a talented cricketer but he was not justifying his place in Test cricket. This was the reason our middle order was facing problems during the recent tour (of Zimbabwe)."
His exclusion means that Asad Shafiq and Malik will fight for the vacant middle-order spot, while Farhat and Taufeeq Umar will compete for the opening berth alongside Mohammad Hafeez.
Of the bowlers, Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz return to the fray after being rested for the trip to Zimbabwe, with the impressive Aizaz Cheema and the pacy Junaid Khan retained. Of Junaid’s retention, Khan said, "If Junaid was retained despite his unimpressive form (in Zimbabwe) it is because we need to have a genuine fast bowler."
The first of three Tests begins on the 18th October.
Pakistan Test squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Aizaz Cheema, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul.
Tanvir Ahmed, Mohammad Talha, Sarfraz Ahmed and Yasir Shah have been named as standby players.
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