Umar Akmal Returns to Pakistan Squad for South Africa ODIs


Explosive batsman Umar Akmal has been recalled to Pakistan squad for forthcoming one-day international series against South Africa in United Arab Emirates, starting later this month.

Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz has also made a comeback to the national setup after being left-out for the limited-overs leg of Zimbabwe tour in August-September.

Right-handed batsman Sohaib Maqsood, who played two T20 matches against Zimbabwe, has also found his name in the 16-member list, which also features all-rounder Sohail Tanvir.

Batsman Haris Sohail, and seam duo Asad Ali and Anwar Ali, who all featured in Zimbabwe one-dayers, have been omitted.

Akmal wasn’t considered for Zimbabwe tour after he suffered a seizure on a Jamaica-bound flight during the Caribbean Premier League in August that forced him to spend a night in the hospital.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had asked him to return to country immediately to undergo medical examination including MRI scan. He was subsequently cleared by the neurologist in September and ruled fit for national selection. The selectors not considered him for the ongoing Test series against South Africa.

Sarfraz Ahmed, who replaced Akmal in Zimbabwe series, has been retained in the squad and is expected to persist with his role as frontline wicketkeeper.

The first ODI of five-match series will be played on October 30 in Sharjah. ODI series will be pursued by two T20s.


Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain) Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Nasir Jamshed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Sohail Tanvir, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Sohaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq.