Pakistan v South Africa 2013-14 October 19, 2013

Umar Akmal, Riaz recalled for South Africa ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal and seamer Wahab Riaz have been recalled to the ODI squad for the five-match series against South Africa in the UAE. Sohaib Maqsood, the right-handed batsman who played two T20s in Zimbabwe recently, was also named in the 16-member squad.

The selectors left out three players who featured in the Zimbabwe ODIs, including seamers Anwar Ali and Asad Ali and batsman Haris Sohail.

Akmal was not considered for the limited-overs leg of the Zimbabwe tour after suffering a seizure on a flight to Jamaica during the Caribbean Premier League in August. The PCB had asked him to return to Pakistan immediately and consult a neurologist. He was subsequently cleared by the neurologist in early September and declared fit for national selection. He was not considered for the Test squad in Zimbabwe and for the ongoing two-match series against South Africa.

Sohail was part of Pakistan's two recent tours to the West Indies and Zimbabwe. He played just one ODI in Zimbabwe, scoring 2. Riaz, the left-arm seamer, toured the West Indies but was left out of the limited-overs leg in Zimbabwe.

Sohail Tanvir, a regular in the T20 squad, was also recalled, having last played an ODI in August 2012. With the right-armers Asad and Anwar dropped, the selectors have opted for an one-dimensional seam attack, picking four left-armers.

Sarfraz Ahmed, who was named as Akmal's replacement in Zimbabwe, was retained in the squad, giving the team two wicketkeeping options.

The ODI series begins on October 30 in Sharjah.

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  • Ali on October 26, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Do not waste more time on Afridi he will not last till 2015 Groom hammad azam. We need to groom medium pace allrounder afridi, ajmal will be ineffective on austriallian pitches umar amin can deliver medium pace too test him.

  • SACHINDER on October 25, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Why Asad Ali and Kmaran Akmal is out. Both is good player. From Sachinder Sharma Julana

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    I think the 15 should have been, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Shoaib Maqsood, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-Ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar. and a new keeper.

    We have world cup in probably less than 2 years we need to be trying out new guys to make them set and find their spot in the team instead of dragging tested and proven old failures like Hafeez (performs against weaker teams only) / Wahab (wasted talent i would say) / S. Tanvir (nothing special about him) / Sarfaraz Ahmed (i dont know who told him he could play international cricket).

  • Faizan on October 22, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Additionally, people that think U.Akmal can be our keeper for the future or has done well in the past are really kidding themselves. He is our specialist batsman, and should stick to that. His keeping is below-par like his siblings, it is in the blood i guess. How can you forget the match he made us loose due to his keeping in WI, would have sweeped them otherwise. I admire him as a batsman, and i want him to stick to that. Hence, it is essential to select a proper Wicket keeper in preparations for WC, the only possible option i can see is Mohammad Rizwan. We always say we don't have wicket keeping batsman, well how would you know unless you tried someone? PCB i hope you somehow read this.

  • Faizan on October 22, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    According to me Sarfaraz has only been selected to fill the place of the squad. I have a feeling the selectors have their top 11 to be selected for ODI's decided pre-hand. So chill with all the commenting, as U.Akmal will be the keeper. Would have liked M.Rizwan as a specialist keeper though.Personally, I would play the following team in the mentioned order: 1) Ahmed Shahzad 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Umar Akmal 4) Shoaib Maqsood 5) Misbah-ul-Haq 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Sohail Tanvir 8) Mohammad Irfan 9) Junaid Khan 10) Saeed Ajmal. Only selecting Sohail Tanvir, because he is at least better than Wahab Riaz. Anwar Ali would have been a better choice, he needs more chances. The kid can bat and swing the ball miles...just need coaching from the greats.

  • Immi on October 22, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Hammad Azam instead of Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Rizwan instead of Sarfraz Ahmed, Sharjeel Khan instead of Ahmed Shehzad. Really want to see those 3 in the squad!

    Great selection of Sohaib Maqsood!

    Playing XI: 1. Mohammad Hafeez 2. Nasir Jamshed 3. Umar Amin 4. Misbah-ul-haq 5. Umar Akmal 6. Sohaib Maqsood 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Sohail Tanvir 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Junaid Khan 11. Mohammad Irfan

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Why is Sarfraz Ahmed in the ODI squad ???His batting is Pathetic and i guess the selectors were drunk or either influenced by Moin khan or some one else to include this guy....!!!look at his stats and records as a batsman !!!Pathetic and Shocking !!!As for Haris Sohail he might be out due to his off field activities Zimbabwe,Bangladesh,Ireland & Even Afghanistan's team all Have better Wicket Keeping Batsmen in ODI's than Sarfraz Ahmed..I guess PCB should advertise for this Vacant Post As England have too Many Proper Cricketing Wicket keeping Batsmen..They may Consider coming and Playing for Pakistan.....

  • Kashif on October 22, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    I agree that Pakistan need to invest in a pace bowling all rounder like Razzaq. For UAE Umar Amin could do the job if needed as pitches do not suit seam bowling all rounders. I think Hammad Azam is the best option going forward and should be picked for every series if he performs well is domestic cricket. I don't understand why we need 2 keepers along with Umar Akmal. My playing XI in the correct batting order would be:

    1. Nasir Jamshed 2. Ahmed Shehzad 3. Umar Akmal 4. Mohammed Hafeez 5. Umar Amin 5. Misbah-ul-Haq 6. Shoaib Maqsood 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdur Rehman 9.Saeed Ajmal 10. Mohammad Irfan 1.. Junaid Khan

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Misbah-ul-Haq (capt) Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan

  • Balaji on October 22, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Good to see Umar Akmal back. What happened to him when he got sick. Good luck to him and hope he stays healthy.