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Malik recalled after Misbah intervention

Reuters
Feb 08, 2012 at 12:41pm IST

Karachi: Pakistan's former captain Shoaib Malik was dropped from the limited overs squad for the series against England only to be drafted back into the setup hours later after a request from captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Tuesday.

Malik's struggles on the tours of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh led to his axing from the Test squad in the United Arab Emirates and selectors ignored him once again before Misbah's intervention.

"On the request of Pakistan team captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, the national selection committee has agreed to send Malik to join the squad for the ODI and T20 matches," the Pakistan Cricket Board statement said.

Pak recall Malik after Misbah intervention

Malik's struggles on the tours of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh led to his axing from the Test squad.

Allrounder Shahid Afridi meanwhile returned to the one-day squad after Pakistan completed a 3-0 Test whitewash over England.

Right-handed batsman Hammad Azam, who played the last of his five one-dayers against Ireland in May 2011, was named in both the ODI and Twenty20 squads.

The first one-dayer is scheduled for Feb. 13 in Abu Dhabi and the four-match series will be followed by three Twenty20 Internationals on Feb. 23, 25 and 27.

"We have selected a team that is a blend of experienced and young players. We have also called up some specialist one-day and Twenty20 players like Awais Zia and Hammad," chief selector Mohammad Illyas told Reuters.

"The team has won the Test series comprehensively. But England are a top side and there is more hard work to be done in the one-day series."

Uncapped Zia, the only new face in the Twenty20 squad, is a wicketkeeper-opener who was rewarded for scoring heavily in the format.

Afridi, who has quit Test cricket, was confident Pakistan could replicate their Test success against England in the limited over series.

"I think after the way we swept the Test series we are in a very good position morally and psychologically to also win the one-day series," Afridi told reporters.

Pakistan one-day squad:

Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Younus Khan, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafique, Azhar Ali, Adnan Akmal, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman.

Twenty 20 squad:

Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Ovais Zia, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafique, Adnan Akmal, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman.

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