Nazir, Naved back in Pakistan's ODI squad

Updated: 22 July 2009 15:21 IST

Imran Nazir and Rana Naved, both former players with the unauthorized ICL, returned to Pakistan's squad on Wednesday for the one-day series at Sri Lanka.

ISLAMABAD:

Opening batsman Imran Nazir and allrounder Rana Naved, both former players with the unauthorized Indian Cricket League, returned to Pakistan's squad on Wednesday for the one-day series at Sri Lanka.

The Pakistan Cricket Board selected both in a 16-man squad for the five-match series that starts from July 30.

The PCB had barred the pair from representing Pakistan since 2007. The players have severed ties with the ICL.

Opening batsman Salman Butt was dropped due to poor form, with Nasir Jamshed instead picked and looking to add to his 10 ODIs.

The squad also includes uncapped 19-year-old batsman Umar Akmal, younger brother of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, after performing well for Pakistan "A" during the recent tour of Australia.

Dambulla will host matches on July 30, August 1 and 3, while two games will be held at Colombo on August 7 and 9. The only Twenty20 game will also be played in Colombo on August 12.

Squad:

Younis Khan (captain), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbahul Haq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Aamir, Rana Naved, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Rao Iftikhar.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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