Umar Akmal excluded from Pakistan's T20I squad
Chief selector Haroon Rashid revealed that Akmal was initially slated for selection but was dropped upon instructions from the PCB.
Pakistan T20I squad
Shahid Afridi (captain), Aamer Yamin, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim (subject to fitness, otherwise Bilal Asif), Imran Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan, Rafatullah Mohmand, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz
“Umar Akmal had been penciled in for selection, but he has subsequently been dropped on instructions from the Board, as he has been issued with a show cause notice for bringing PCB and Pakistan Cricket into disrepute," Rashid said.
Pakistan have also called up uncapped 39-year-old opening batsman Rafatullah Mohmand.
Mohmand has played in 169 first-class matches, 131 List A matches and 45 T20 games in a career that spans almost 20 years.
Rashid is hoping that the immense first-class experience of Mohmand will be beneficial for Pakistan at the top of the order.
“Having experience of playing first-class cricket for many years, with his form, sound technique and fitness, and also given his fielding credentials, Riffat Ullah Mohmand has been afforded an opportunity as he was considered to have potential to feature in an international T20 competition as an opener.”
Meanwhile, following the retirement of Younis Khan from One-Day Internationals, the selectors have included Iftikhar Ahmed as a specialist batsman.
According to Rashid, Ahmed has also been included in the T20I Squad following his impressive performances in the domestic T20 matches.
“Iftikhar has filled in the spot vacated by Younis Khan in ODIs; it was considered that he also be tried in the T20 format on the back of his performance on the domestic T20 circuit,” said Rashid.
All-rounder Imad Wasim has been included in the T20I squad against England but if the 26-year-old fails to prove his fitness, Bilal Asif will take his place.
Upon the completion of the ongoing ODI series, Pakistan and England will take part in a three-match T20I series which will be played between 26th and 30th November.
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