Pakistan news July 11, 2012

Kamran Akmal makes World T20 provisional squad

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Kamran Akmal, the Pakistan wicketkeeper, has been named in the country's provisional 30-man squad for September's World Twenty20 after being cleared by the PCB's integrity committee. Batsman Imran Nazir, who last played for Pakistan in February 2010, and allrounder Abdul Razzaq have also made the squad. None of the three players has a central contract.

"We have tried lots of wicketkeeper batsmen after Kamran, but nothing was panning out," Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's chief selector, told ESPNcricinfo. "We need a solid wicketkeeper who can score quick runs and currently Kamran is the only option for us. He has kept himself fully fit and more importantly he has been cleared by the PCB."

"Imran is a good fielder and a dominating batsman, and so far he has been doing reasonably well in domestic cricket, while Razzaq is a utility player. But it [the final squad] all depends on the coach and captain's plans."

Kamran had last played for Pakistan at the 2011 World Cup, but has been active on the domestic circuit and had played the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) earlier this year.

In May, Qasim had said Kamran needed to clear himself of integrity issues before being eligible for selection for the national team. He was summoned before the integrity committee on July 4.

Kamran had come under the scanner when he was sent a notice by the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit after the Nottingham Test against England in July 2010, seeking information about events related to the 2010 World Twenty20 held in the Caribbean. He later claimed he has an ICC clearance letter that says there is no inquiry pending against him.

Razzaq has not played for Pakistan since injuring his shoulder in the ODI series against Sri Lanka in the UAE in November. He was cut from the contracts list for 2012, and had criticised the selectors' decision to keep him from the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka. Razzaq has remained active in domestic Twenty20, though, playing Australia's Big Bash League in December-January and the BPL that followed. He is currently in England, where he is playing limited-overs cricket for Leicestershire.

Nazir has impressed in domestic Twenty20 this year. He had finished as the second-highest run-getter in Pakistan's Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup, scoring 191 at 47.75 with a strike-rate of 172 for Sialkot Stallions. He was also second on the run charts in the BPL, with 390 runs for Dhaka Gladiators, at an average of 43.33 and a strike-rate of 156.

Squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed, Imran Nazir, Shahzaib Hasan, Awais Zia, Sharjeel Khan, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Rameez Raja, Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Raza Hasan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Kamran Akmal, Shakeel Ansar

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Samiiiii on July 15, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Yes , without imran nazir i dont think pak t20 squad can complete . he is the player who can change the match in one or two overs only ,,,,,, My side... ahmed shahzad , imran nazir, kamran , umar akmal , shoaib malik , afridi , hammad azam , tanvir, gul , ajmal. and captain should be afridi,,,,,,,

  • shakaibkhan on July 14, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Happy to see Imran Nazir and A Razzak. Hope to see the best of A Razzak for the national team as well. Not happy at all to see Kamran Akmal. The most important thing for a wicket keeper is to keep the wickets. He desperately lacks this skill.

  • dummy4fb on July 14, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    NAZIR HAFEEZ SHAHZAD U AKMAL SHAHFIQ H SOHAIL S MALIK AFRIDI RAZAAQ K AKMAL AJMAL REHMAN GULL J KHAN TANVIR CHEEMA

  • dummy4fb on July 14, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    thank you pakistan cricket bord imran nazir abdul razzaq and kamran akmal back in pakistan team need three playr most and importnt its key plyr thnk you thnk you thnk you -0 pakistan crckt bord ......,... but i love afridi

  • dummy4fb on July 14, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    1.imran nazir 2.mohammad hafeez 3.Awais Zia 4.Asad Shafiq 5.Azhar Ali 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Abdul Razzaq 8.Kamran Akmal 9.anwar ali 10.hammad azama 11.juniad khan 12.umar gul 13.saeed ajmal 14.raza hasan 15.rameez raja 16. shahziab or ahmed shahzad

  • Qasim-Dk on July 14, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Is it just me or why is Khalid Latif not been selected for the national team? His domestic cricket is screaming "pick me"

  • cric_fan_sam on July 14, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    I would love to see this lineup from Pakistan 1) Nazir 2) Hafeez(c) 3) Shehzad 4) Umar Akmal 5) Shoaib Mallik 6)Razzaq 7) Kamran Akmal(wk) 8) Afridi 9) Tanvir/Sami 10) Gul 11) Ajmal If and when required to play both Tanvir and Sami, Shehzad can make way, and Afridi promoted to #3 I doubt whether it will happen though!!!!

  • ifrakurshid on July 14, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    ist CHOICE FOR PAK WORLD CUP 2012 *SOHAIL TANVIR *JUNAID KHAN *KAMRAN AKMAL*SHAHID AFRADI*SAEED AJMAL*MOHD. HAFEEZ *UMAR AKMAL *ASAD SHAFIQ*SHOAIB MALIK* AHMED SHAZAD *IMRAN NAZIR* NASIR JAMSHED. FOR WHAT MORE AND CAPT HAFEEZ TO GIVE A TRY AGAINST AUSTRILA.BEFORE WORLD CUP.

  • pkcricfan101 on July 14, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    My 11: 1)Nazir 2)Hafeez 3)Umar Akmal 4)Shoaib Malik 5)Kamran Akmal 6)Asad SHafiq 7)Afridi 8)Hammad Azam 9)Sohail Tanvir 10)Saed Ajmal 11)Junaid Khan. If quick wicket fall send asad shafiq up the order to stabalise. Keep Hammad Azam in playing 11 only if he is actually going to get to bowl otherwise replace him with Razzaq.

  • Alz_619 on July 14, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Pakistan's team/squad for the world cup T20:

    1. IMRAN NAZIR 2. AHMED SHAZAD 3. MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ 4. UMAR AKMAL 5. SHOAIB MALIK 6. KAMRAN AKMAL 7. SHAHID AFRIDI 8. ABDUR RAZZAQ 9. JUNAID KHAN 10. UMAR GUL 11. SAEED AJMAL

    SUBS: NASIR JAMSHED, HAMMAD AZAM, HARRIS SOHAIL, WAHAB RIAZ

    InshaAllah they will be victorious...and bring the championship back where it belongs :)

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