Islamabad - Pakistan recalled wicket-keeper
batsman Kamran Akmal, all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and opener Imran Nazir in
their 15-man squad Tuesday for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
30, was cleared by a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) integrity committee
last week after his name was mentioned at the trial in England last year
of three Pakistani Test players over spot-fixing allegations.
Test captain Salman Butt and pacemen Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer
were banned and jailed for contriving deliberate no-balls during the
Lord's Test against England in 2010.
Kamran last played for
Pakistan in May last year in the semi-final of the World Cup against
India, at Mohali, a match India won by 29 runs.
Razzaq, 32, last played against Sri Lanka in November 2011 while Nazir has not played since 2010.
Mohammad Hafeez will lead the team after replacing Misbah-ul Haq -- who also lost his place in the T20 side -- in May.
The 12-team tournament, in which England are the defending champions, will run from September 18 to October 7.
selector Iqbal Qasim said the final squad was decided after thorough
consultation between the selection committee, Hafeez and coach Dav
"We have selected the best possible squad after
consultation and this Pakistan team has the capacity to win the World
Twenty20," Qasim said.
Pakistan, runners-up in the inaugural
Twenty20 in 2007 and winners in 2009, are placed in group D of the
event, alongside Bangladesh and New Zealand.
Qasim defended recalling Razzaq and Nazir.
are brilliant players and have experience of international cricket so
we have given them another chance," said Qasim, also backing out-of-form
pacemen Mohammad Sami and Umar Gul.
"Gul and Sami are experienced
campaigners and their form may be in question but they have class and
with their experience can deliver," said Qasim.
The squad also includes 20-year-old uncapped left-arm spinner in Raza Hasan.
opener Nasir Jamshed also returned to the squad after being withdrawn
from the limited-over squad for the Sri Lanka tour in May due to a
The squad announced on Tuesday will also play the
three T20s against Australia in the United Arab Emirates in early
September. The two sides also meet for three one-day internationals in
late August and Pakistan will announce their squad for these games
Squad: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Imran Nazir, Nasir
Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Abdul
Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanveer, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Raza
Hasan, Yasir Arafat, Mohammad Sami