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Umar Akmal named in Pakistan T20I squad to face West Indies

Umar Akmal has been the leading run-scorer in National T20 Cup tournament.
Umar Akmal has been the leading run-scorer in National T20 Cup tournament.
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The Pakistan selectors have included wicket-keeper batsman Umar Akmal in the Twenty20 International squad which will face West Indies in the United Arab Emirates later this month.

Based on disciplinary grounds, Akmal was earlier dropped from the limited-overs squads for the tour of England and later on he represented Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League.

Currently, Akmal is part of the Lahore Whites team in the National T20 Cup in Pakistan and has so far emerged as the top run-scorer with 304 runs from five games, with a hundred and two fifties to his name.

Pakistan have also called up all-rounder Saad Nasim, who last played a T20I for Pakistan in December 2014 against New Zealand in Dubai.

Nasim has scored 160 runs from six matches for Lahore Blues in the National T20 Cup and also played for Pakistan A against England Lions in the unofficial T20I series in Dubai last year.

Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Hafeez have missed out on selection for the series due to their respective injuries.

With the exclusion of Amad Butt and the above changes, the selectors have not made any major modifications to the squad which beat England in the lone T20I at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

West Indies and Pakistan will begin their campaign in the UAE with the three-match T20I series, which will be played on 23rd, 24th and 27th September.

Pakistan T20I Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Nawaz, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Saad Nasim, Rumman Raees.

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