Pakistan have named a 15-man squad for the upcoming Asia Cup, handing recalls to Shoaib Malik and Shoiaa Akhtar while also offering young players the chance to impress.
Speedster Akhtar, who has often made as many headlines for his actions off the pitch as on it, has not played international cricket since May 2009 and former captain Malik is eligible to play again after his one-year ban was overturned last month.
Three young players, Shahzaib Hasan, Umar Amin and Asad Shafiq are also included in the squad and all three are uncapped at ODI level, although Shahzaib opened the batting during Pakistan's successful 2009 ICC World Twenty20 campaign.
20-year-old Amin is a left-hand batsman while Shafiq, 24, is a right-hand batsman and occasional wicket-keeper.
Shahid Afridi will captain and the side and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced yesterday that Salman Butt would be his vice-captain.
The Asia Cup gets underway on 15th June and Pakistan will face Bangladesh, India and Pakistan in their bid to reach the final in Dambulla on 25th June.
Pakistan Asia Cup squad: Shahid Afridi (captain), Salman Butt (vice-captain), Imran Farhat, Shahzaib Hasan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq
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