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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

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