Pakistan v South Africa 2013-14 November 5, 2013

Malik, Razzaq return in Pakistan T20 squad


Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq have been recalled in Pakistan's Twenty20 squad for the two-match series against South Africa in the UAE. The selectors left out Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed and Zulfiqar Babar from the squad that featured in the T20s against Zimbabwe.

Malik was part of the squad that played the solitary T20 match during the South Africa tour and played the Champions Trophy in England, but he was dropped from the team for the tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe. In August, he played in the inaugural edition of the Caribbean Premier League and finished as the leading run-getter.

Razzaq, 33, has been out of favour since the 2012 T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka following his outburst against captain Mohammad Hafeez after which he was fined Rs. 1 lakh and sidelined from the squad. Overall, Razzaq has played 30 T20s during which he has scored 383 runs at a strike rate of 119.68 and has taken 20 wickets.

Saleem Jaffar, the PCB selector, told reporters: "Both Razzaq and Malik have the ability to strengthen team before the World T20 because of their experience and ability in this version and that is why they have been selected.

"Razzaq is a useful cricketer and we felt he can play a good role in upcoming matches against the tough South African side. Although he is not in the same touch with his bowling, his batting can be very useful especially in Twenty20 and in conditions such as in UAE."

With the return of the two experienced allrounders, the younger players, who had been given chances over the last five months, have been pushed out, with only Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Amin left in the team from the group.

Umar Akmal, who was added to the one-day squad in the UAE after missing out on the tour to Zimbabwe, has been added to the T20 squad and will take up the role of the wicketkeeper. Zulfiqar Babar was ruled out of selection because of the hand-injury he suffered during the recently concluded Test series.

Jaffar said there were no concerns about Akmal's glovework and believes he can be a long-term option. "We don't feel he is a part-time wicketkeeper particularly in Twenty20. He is looking comfortable and happy in this role. Our experience with him in ODIs is also positive. He can get a permanent role as a wicketkeeper in T20s."

Squad Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal (wk), Umar Amin, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Abdul Razzaq, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Malik, Abdur Rehman

In: Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Akmal, Abdur Rehman

Out: Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail, Zulfiqar Babar, Sarfraz Ahmed

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on November 12, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Pakistan should look to open with good solid openers in the T20 internationals. i think for T20's pakistan should oph Ahmad Shahzad and Shahid Afridi. these 2 can give a good start and then solid batting throuhout the innings. From the squad chosen for the 2 t20's against South Africa, the playing Xi I would have is: (going in order) Ahmad Shahzad Shahid Afridi Sohaib Maqsood Umar Akmal (WK) Shoaib Malik Abdul Razzaq Mohammad Hafeez (C) Abdur Rehaman Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan Mohammad Irfan

  • Imran on November 12, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Just dont understand the concept of making Hafeez captain of t20 team.He is definitely a good bowler but he is of no use as a batsman.Pak need to select him only as a bowler. Making Ajmal t20 captain would be good idea.

  • Sachit on November 12, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    I agree with the idea of opening with Abdul Razzaq. Pakistan is going to play 4 T20 matches against SA now. If this idea clicks then Razzaq could take up regular opening role in ODI format also. Pakistan desperately needs firepower in batting departments. Only consistent Misbah or one two odd performances from Shehzad aur Maqsood may not help. It's time for Pakistan to look all rounder options beyond Hafeez and Afridi. Both are as good as bowling all rounders.

  • Naqash on November 11, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    i think that shahid afrdi must open with abdul razzaq in both t20's then the runs will come quickly for pakistan in the first 6 overs.

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Abdul Razzak is best allrounder

  • Irshad on November 11, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Misbah- Should be out from Pak team. He is not reliable cricketer or niter good captain

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    the two legends are come back now the whole world of cricket will see Pakistan team becomes a new winning squad just see.......

  • ali on November 10, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    what the hell , why to include two veterans in the t-20 format ? These two Razzaq and Malik has passed their prime time , Razzaq is pathetic with his fielding and when he come for bat game is almost over he just have to hit no matter what .

    Malik have lost his touch with the bat many chances were given to him but he seems like completely out of touch. PCB should try fresh legs in this kind of formate pick boys from domestic circuit who are not over 22 years of age so they could be handy for 50 over formate in the future, forget about winning t-20 games , these games are damaging our cricket big time we should focus on Test and 50 overs formate , we need some one who could think for the future these short term solutions cannot help us .

  • Dummy4 on November 10, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    i dont know why Umer Amin is always there what r u looking to get from him in my views he is nothing............

  • Dummy4 on November 9, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Pakistan Should have picked Sohaib Maqsood, Shoib Malik and Abdur Razaq from the first ODI, and also for the T20's. It is very necessary for them to have such experience players like Younus Khan in ODI's as well. I would like to recommend the below team for T20's. 1- Mohammad Hafeez 2-Mohammad Shahzad 3- Sohaib Mazsood 4- Nasir Jamshed- 5- Shoib Malik 6- Umar Akmal 7- Shahed Afridi 8- Abdur Razaq 9- Saeed Ajmal 10- Mohammad Irfan/ Sohail Tanvir 11- Junaid Khan.

    Note: onething to remind you all that Imran Nazeer is very important for Pakistan T20's.

    Thanks everybody,

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