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Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq included for West Indies ODI series

Umar Akmal was earlier recalled into the T20 side as well.
Umar Akmal was earlier recalled into the T20 side as well.
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The Pakistan selectors have opted to recall batsmen Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq for the One-Day International series against West Indies which will be played from 30th September onwards.

Also included for the series are pacers Rahat Ali and Sohail Khan whereas Sami Aslam and Umar Gul have missed out on selection in the 16-man squad.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Hafeez, who earlier suffered a calf injury, has been rested for the ODIs after missing out on the Twenty20 International series.

Shafiq put on a strong display in the National T20 Cup in Pakistan by scoring 310 runs at an average of 51.66 and his last appearance for Pakistan in the ODI format was in October 2015.

On the other hand, Akmal, who was earlier sidelined due to disciplinary issues, was recently included in the T20I series against the West Indies and continues his comeback in the limited overs formats.

The selectors have picked a frontline spinner in Yasir Shah while Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik will serve as the spin all-rounders.

Azhar Ali will continue to lead the side with Sarfraz Ahmed as his deputy whereas Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali form the rest of the pace attack.

The ODI series will get underway with the first two games on 30th September and 2nd October in Sharjah while the third and final match will be played in Abu Dhabi on 5th October.

Pakistan squad for West Indies ODI series:

Azhar Ali (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (vice-capt), Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Khan

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