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Kamran Akmal returns to Pakistan squad for West Indies series

Kamran Akmal (left) was the leading run-scorer in PSL 2017
Kamran Akmal (left) was the leading run-scorer in PSL 2017
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Pakistan selectors have recalled wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal after almost four years for the upcoming limited overs series in West Indies.

The 35-year-old last featured in an One-Day International for Pakistan in June 2013 and was also a part of the World T20 squad of Pakistan in 2014. His decline in wicket-keeping skills and the rise of Sarfraz Ahmed saw him lose his place in the national squad.

In the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL), Akmal ended as the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 353 runs from 11 matches including a century in the play off and was instrumental in his team Peshawar Zalmi winning the title.

He has also been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit in Pakistan. Overall, Akmal has played 53 Tests, 154 ODIs and 54 Twenty20 Internationals for Pakistan.

Also returning to the squad will be opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad, who last played for Pakistan in January last year.

The 25-year-old was left out of the squad citing disciplinary issues but now has earned his recall with impressive performances in the regional domestic one-day cup and PSL taking the place of Sharjeel Khan, who is on a suspension.

Sarfraz Ahmed, who has been the designated skipper for Pakistan in T20Is will now lead the team in the 50-over format as well after Azhar Ali had stepped down. Azhar was also dropped from the ODI squad but chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said he is still in contention for the Champions Trophy in June.

Meanwhile, Umar Akmal was left out of both the squads on fitness grounds. Shadab Khan and Fakhar Zaman have earned a call-up based on their performances in the PSL.

Pakistan are scheduled to tour West Indies for four T20Is, three ODIs that will be followed by a three-match Test series as well between 26th March and 14th May.

Pakistan limited overs squad for West Indies tour:

T20Is: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Rumman Raees, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan

ODIs: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Zakir, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asghar

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