Pakistan recall Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal for Champions Trophy

Azhar Ali

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday announced a 15-member squad that will travel to England for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, beginning from June 1.

The axed players Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal, who were not part of the recently concluded limited overs series against West Indies, are set to make a return to the national side after being dropped in the aftermath of Pakistan’s 4-1 defeat in the ODI series against Australia earlier this year.

Kamran Akmal, who was the leading run-getter during the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), has once again lost his place in the side owing to a recent string of low scores against West Indies, where he could only manage 68 in three ODI outings.

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Fakhar Zaman, who is yet to make his ODI debut, and Shadab Khan have been retained in the limited overs squad. Fahim Ashraf is also included in the squad on the back of consistent domestic performances.

“Overall the team consists of experience and youth and the selectors believe that team will do well in the ICC event”, said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

“The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions and the recent performances of some players in domestic and international tours.”

Pakistan are in the Group B of the Champions Trophy, and will play two warm-up matches before taking on title defenders India on June 4 in Edgbaston.