Misbah names Pakistan squad ahead of Sri Lanka series


Pakistan on Saturday recalled all-rounders Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz for the three-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka that starts in Karachi next week, reports AP.

Chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq also recalled three other players — Mohammad Rizwan, Usman Shinwari and Abid Ali — who were not part of Pakistan's World Cup squad.

The 29-year-old Iftikhar played just two ODIs against England in 2015 before being sidelined - mainly by the presence of all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik in the team.

Malik retired from one-day internationals after the World Cup in July, while Hafeez has received permission from the Pakistan Cricket Board to skip the series to play in the Caribbean Premier League. Nawaz, who also bowls left-arm spin, has impressed selectors with his form in the domestic Pakistan Cup one-day tournament and has been recalled after a year.

"No doubt his performance has gone down, but still his average is around 47 in ODIs," Misbah said of Fakhar.

"He's an impact player. He is such a player that if he plays 10 overs, you have a chance to win the match. Instead of wasting him, we should see how we can utilize him in the future."

Pakistan squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hasnain, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Moha­mmad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz.