Pakistan announces squad for ICC World Twenty20

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan announced a 15-member squad for next month’s World Twenty20 tournament in the West Indies but did not name a captain on Friday.

Chief selector Mohsin Khan said that naming a captain “is the domain of the PCB chairman (Ijaz Butt)” who will name the skipper later.

“I’ve asked the chairman that in future please do give me the captain too while announcing the squad,” Khan said.

The squad includes Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal, who were fined by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday for discipline violations during the team’s tour of Australia.

Shoaib Malik and Rana Naved were not considered for selection after both were banned by the PCB for one year and fined two million rupees for unspecified discipline violations.

Afridi and Akmal brothers are on probation for six months and the PCB said that the behaviour of all three will be closely monitored.

Opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez and middle-order batsman Misbah-ul-Haq were recalled while 18-year-old all-rounder Hammad Azam was included after his performance in the under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.

Hafeez returns to international cricket after playing his last Twenty20 game against India in the inaugural tournament in South Africa three years ago. Misbah has not appeared in a Twenty20 international since playing against Sri Lanka in August 2009.

Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif will form the three-man pace attack and will share the bowling duties with all-rounders Abdul Razzaq and Yasir Arafat.

Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20 final in England last year. It is in Group A of this year’s event in the West Indies with Australia and Bangladesh.

Pakistan squad for World Twenty20: Misbah-ul-Haq, Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, Khalid Latif, Shahid Afridi, Abdur Razzaq, Yasir Arafat, Hammad Azam, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Moahmmad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal

Reserves: Shahzaib Hassan, Mohammad Sami, Raza Hasan, Naved Yasin, Sarfraz Ahmed

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