ICC: Hafeez, Shah return as Pakistan name squads for Zimbabwe tour

Sports       by Sarfraz Ali | Published

The five-match ODI series will be played from 13th July to 22nd July.

Pakistan recalled Mohammad Hafeez to their Twenty20 and one-day squads Friday for the tour of Zimbabwe after the all-rounder's bowling action was cleared last month. The tri-series, which also features Australia, begins on July 1 with the final on July 8, while the five-match ODI series begins on July 13. Rookie pacer Usman, also a left-armer, last appeared in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Sharjah past year.

The 26-year-old Asif Ali, who represents Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League, has got another chance in the series to improve the team's middle order.

Ahmed Shehzad was dropped from the T20 side after he tested positive in a dope test, held in April this year.

In the ODI group, Asif Ali is involved for the first time, while Junaid Khan is back in the fold after sitting out January's series in New Zealand. "Babar Azam was not considered for T20s because he is recovering from injury and as per medical staff, it is hoped that he would be fit for the ODIs [in Zimbabwe]", a PCB press release quoted chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq as saying.

The 50-over squad is without Azhar Ali, the former captain, while Asif Ali, already a part of the T20 setup, was included in the ODIs as well after two List A hundreds in May.

The only difference between the ODI and T20 squad is Babar Azam, Hussain Talat and new entrant Sahibzada Farhan and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

"Sahibzada Farhan has been selected in the T20 squad, whereas Mohammad Hafeez was selected in both T20 and ODI squads, and will be available for the team as an all-rounder after his bowling action was cleared".

Pakistan team (ODI and T-20I) camp will be from June 25 to 27, 2018 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

Pakistan left-arm pace bowler is likely to miss the national team's entire tour of Zimbabwe, or at least a small portion of it.

ODI SQUAD: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, M Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Baber Azam (subject to fitness), Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), M Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, M Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari, Yasir Shah, Hassan Ali and Harris Sohail.

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