Islamabad - Pakistan has left talented but
inconsistent batsman Umar Akmal out of the squad for the three-match Twenty20
series against England on disciplinary grounds, the chief selector said on
The 25-year-old Umar was allegedly involved
in an incident involving mistreatment of women while playing a first-class game
in Hyderabad last week, and was issued a show cause notice requiring him to
appear before selectors.
Chief selector Haroon Rasheed said Umar was
dropped on the instructions of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
"Umar had been pencilled in for
selection, but he has subsequently been dropped on instructions from the PCB,
as he has been issued with a show cause notice for bringing the board and
Pakistan cricket into disrepute," Rasheed was quoted as saying in a PCB
Umar has so far played 65 Twenty20 matches
for Pakistan, the most recent being in Zimbabwe on September 29.
He was also dropped from the one-day team
following the 2015 World Cup after head coach Waqar Younis cited his lack of
discipline and disobeying instructions from the captain and the coach.
Umar, whose elder brothers Kamran and Adnan
also played for Pakistan, was jailed for beating a traffic warden last year.
Pakistan's 16-man squad also includes
39-year-old batsman Rafatullah Mohmand, 10 years after he first came into
reckoning for the national team.
Rasheed said Mohmand has been rewarded for
"Having experience of playing first
class cricket for many years, with his form, sound technique and fitness, and
also given his fielding credentials, Mohmand has been afforded an opportunity
as he was considered to have potential to feature in an international T20
competition as an opener," he said.
The first Twenty20 match will be played in
Dubai on November 26 followed by the second, also in Dubai, the next day with
the final match in Sharjah on November 30.
Meanwhile, Iftikhar Ahmed has been named as
the 16th member of the one-day squad to fill in the slot that fell vacant
following Younis Khan's retirement.
Younis retired from one-day cricket on
Wednesday after Pakistan won the first match against England by six wickets.
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Riffatullah Mohmand, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Imran Khan Junior, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Amir Yamin, Imad Wasim (subject to fitness)