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Zimbabwe vs Pakistan 2013: Umar Akmal to continue keep wickets in T20s and ODIs

Associated Press
Aug 08, 2013 at 01:56pm IST

Islamabad: Umar Akmal will continue to be Pakistan's wicketkeeper in this month's Twenty20s and one-day internationals against Zimbabwe, while long-overlooked opening batsman Khurram Manzoor has been recalled for the Test matches, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced on Tuesday.

Harare Sports Club will host back-to-back Twenty20s on Aug 23 and 24 before the teams compete in three ODIs and also the first Test at the same venue, the PCB said in a statement. The second Test will be played at Bulawayo from September 10.

Last month, Akmal impressed selectors in his new role as wicketkeeper/batsman during Pakistan's victory in both one-day and Twenty20 series against the West Indies.

Zim vs Pak 2013: Akmal to continue keep wickets in T20s and ODIs

Mohammad Irfan has been rested for Tests, while Mohammad Hafeez (T20s) and Misbah-ul-Haq (Tests and ODIs) have been retained captains.

Manzoor has played seven Test matches, but his last Test was against Australia three years ago. Umar Akmal will not be the part of Test squad and will be replaced by his brother Adnan.

Except for uncapped middle order batsman Sohaib Maqsood there are no surprises in the three teams. Ace offspinner Saeed Ajmal, fast bowler Junaid Khan and Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez made it to all three formats.

Squads:

Twenty20: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail

One-day: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Abdur Rehman

Test: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Khurram Manzoor, Imran Farhat, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Adnan Akmal, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman

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