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Pakistan’s batting duo of Younis Khan and Nasir Jamshed have both been recalled into the ODI squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand, which gets underway on December 8 in Dubai.
Khan voiced his infuriation at being left out of the ODI squad just two months ago and, after having amassed 717 runs in five Test matches, the national selectors have been left with no choice but to include him in the side.
Jamshed meanwhile has not represented Pakistan in an ODI for more than 12 months. However, he regained his spot in the side after scoring 314 runs at a brilliant average of 62.80 for Pakistan A in their series against the United Arab Emirates.
It has also been announced that wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed has been drafted into the Twenty20 squad following his impressive performance in the Test series against Australia and New Zealand.
However, the national selectors noted that there was no space in both the ODI and Twenty20 squad for middle-order batsman Fawad Alam.
“In the ODI squad, Younis Khan has been recalled for the ODI squad due to his sparkling form,” Pakistan chief selector and team manager Moin Khan said. “Similarly, Sarfraz Ahmed is featuring in a T20I for the first time. Young and promising Haris Sohail is also part of both squads, while Sohaib Maqsood was not considered on fitness grounds. Among our pace bowlers, Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul are making comebacks from injury to make the pace attack more potent.
“I expect Team Pakistan to perform to its potential in both the T20Is and ODIs. We have tried to induct all our fit players in contention for a slot and this is also pretty much the last opportunity for the players to perform and cement their places in the World Cup squad.
“Both the squads are well-balanced, with a decent blend of in-form batsmen and good allrounders, with the bowling attack a potent mix of pace and spin combinations. Quite a few players have been included either after returning from injury or on the basis of current form.”