Pakistan in England and Ireland 2016 August 9, 2016

Umar Gul returns to Pakistan's ODI squad


Pakistan have recalled fast bowler Umar Gul to their ODI squad. The 32-year-old last played 50-over cricket for his country in April 2015. Gul is one of four fast bowlers - including the uncapped Hasan Ali - chosen to play against England and Ireland from August 18.

Legspinner Yasir Shah has also made a return to limited-overs cricket for the first time since November 2015. He had been suspended for a doping offence and was unavailable for selection when Pakistan had toured New Zealand in January 2016. Seven out of the 16 men from that squad have been sidelined.

Fast bowler Mohammad Irfan was one of those to be left out. In the past, Pakistan have handled him with great care, mindful of his injury-prone nature. His pace and bounce have been seen as assets, but with only 12 wickets in nine ODIs over the past 12 months, he has been overlooked by the new selection panel led by Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Others who haven't made the cut include Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood and Anwar Ali. While Shehzad has fallen out of favour due to issues with indiscipline and inconsistency, Maqsood and Anwar have struggled with their recent form. Maqsood has not done much since starting his career with back-to-back fifties, while Anwar has gone wicketless in four of his last six matches.

Sami Aslam, who made two high-quality half-centuries in the Edgbaston Test against England, was drafted in, as was Mohammad Nawaz, who made his Pakistan debut in the Asia Cup in February. Nawaz is yet to take an international wicket, but had a productive time in the Pakistan Super League where he finished with 13 wickets at an average of 18. He was also part of the A team tour to England this July.

Meanwhile Hasan, a 22-year-old right-arm seamer, is the only squad member without any experience in international cricket. He made his List A debut in 2013 and has taken 40 wickets in 21 matches at an average of 22.87. Like Nawaz, he has recent experience of English conditions thanks to his inclusion in Pakistan's A team tour last month.

"While picking the squad, the team management and skipper were consulted and all concerned gave their consent in this regard," chief selector Inzamam said in a statement issued by PCB. "The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions and the recent performances of some players in domestic and A Team tours. The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and the selectors believe that this team will do well."

Gul's return to the Pakistan team has come two months after he had accused the selectors of "double standards". Though he has had problems with fitness, missing large chunks of cricket in 2013 and 2014 due to a knee injury, he said he had been overlooked for the 2015 World Cup despite meeting the minimum fitness requirements. After he was left out of the Test squad for England and even the national camps in Abbottabad and Lahore, Gul said he felt the selectors had lost faith in him.

Pakistan's ODI squad: Azhar Ali (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Sami Aslam, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Nawaz

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • nabeel2773746 on August 16, 2016, 17:12 GMT

    Asad Shafiq should have been there in place of Mohd Hafeez. We can use imad wasim and yasir shah as two spinners. Including Asad Shafiq in the team, you are increasing your batting depth. Undoubtedly he is a nice talent.

  • Muhammad on August 16, 2016, 11:29 GMT

    Last chance for Hafeez! Not sure if he can bowl ..

  •   cricfan06528253 on August 16, 2016, 4:19 GMT

    I'm really disappointed from the Pakistan selection squad why they are not dropped Hafeez i think the are blind Hafeez cricket is over simply

  • my2ndself on August 16, 2016, 2:01 GMT

    Though Pakistan remained even in Test matches but it was insane not preferring Mir Hamza (SR 41.3) and Sadaf Hussain (SR 37.3 aged 26 never played Intl) over Rahet Ali (SR 72.0) and Wahab Riaz (59.9).

  • my2ndself on August 16, 2016, 1:40 GMT

    Poor selection as far as batsmen are concerned. Hafeez complete flop case, and Rizwan playing as middle order depicts meager talent of country.

  • cricfan90105905 on August 15, 2016, 17:33 GMT

    Bring Umar Akmal and Ahmad Shehzad and becime No.1 ODI team Please

  • cricfan90105905 on August 15, 2016, 17:32 GMT

    i feel sad to see team Pakistan without Umar Akmal and Ahmad Shehzad. I mean just look at the past time. we gave them many chances and once they become mature, we droped them for no reason. they are elegant, game changers, perhaps backbone of team, cant understand why they dropped. Thats why we are at no 9 in the ranking. Inzimam need to rethink

  • shahid on August 15, 2016, 8:12 GMT

    Win or lose, Pakistan should concentrate on building one for the future. Sami Aslam, Baber Azam, Saud Shakeel, Haris Sohail, Nawaz and Mohammad Amir are future of Pakistan. I am also impressed with the new A-team player Jaahid Ali and in the future see him opening for Pakistan in longer version of the game.

  •   cricfan59123525 on August 15, 2016, 6:17 GMT

    It is a shame that Fawad Alam with 56% batting ave. in 1st class has been ignored again. Hafeez has also been included for no good reason except for failing Pakistan. Pakistan may have lost 2 test matches only because of wrong selection of Hafeez. Cannot understand why Hassan Ali has been preferred over Sadaf Hussain and Mir Hamza.

  •   AdeelChaudhary on August 15, 2016, 5:21 GMT

    Hassan Ali is a good prospect if Captain will give him confidence. Imran Khalid could be the better choice instead of Hafeez.

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