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Kamran Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad make comeback ahead of West Indies tour

West Indies will host Pakistan for four T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests.

SNS | New Delhi |

Pakistan’s bygone cricketers Kamran Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad on Wednesday made a comeback to the limited-overs’ squads for the upcoming West Indies tour.

West Indies will host Pakistan for four T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests, to be held from March 26 to May 14, 2017.

Both the batsmen, Kamran and Shehzad, earned a national call-up following a remarkable Pakistan Super League (PSL) stint, where they featured in the top-five run-scorers’ list.

Kamran, 35, smashed 353 runs the T20 league for Peshawar Zalmi to help them win the PSL title.

The 25-year-old opening batsman Shehzad, playing for the PSL finalists Quetta Gladiators, scored 242 runs at a notable strike rate of 132.24.

Kamran last played for Pakistan in April 2014, while Shehzad last featured in the national side in March 2016. Both the batsmen were ousted because of slump in their form, however, watching them regaining confidence now the fans expect a lot from the top-order.

Besides Kamran and Shehzad, the spin duo of Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan carved their space in the national squad through their PSL heroics. Mohammad Asghar, Fahim Ashraf and Asif Zakir were few more new entrants in the national side.

Speedster Mohammad Amir missed out from the T20I squad as pacers Rumman Raees and Usman Khan Shinwari were named to lead the bowling attack.

T20I squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Rumman Raees, Usman Khan Shinwari

ODI squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Zakir, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asghar, Sarfraz Ahmed