Azhar, Umar brought back for Champions Trophy

Azhar regained his spot in the squad for the Champions Trophy

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Pakistan have recalled batsmen Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal for the Champions Trophy in England in June.

Both Azhar and Umar were dropped from the ODI side after the national team’s 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Australia in January. As a result, they were not picked for the recent ODI series against the West Indies.

After the series against Australia, Azhar also stepped down as ODI captain and was succeeded by wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, who also leads Pakistan in Twenty20 Internationals.

Meanwhile, Pakistan have opted to drop batsman Kamran Akmal, who recently made his international comeback.

In the Twenty20 and ODI series against the West Indies, Kamran averaged 22.50 and 22.66 respectively.

Meanwhile, both Fahim Ashraf and Fakhar Zaman will be hoping to make their ODI debuts during the Champions Trophy.

While Zaman has played three Twenty20 Internationals to date, Ashraf is the only player in the 15-man squad that has yet to represent Pakistan in international cricket.

“Overall the team consists of experience and youth and the selectors believe that team will do well in the ICC event,” chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said.

Pakistan will begin their Champions Trophy campaign against arch-rivals India, who won the last edition of the tournament in 2013.

Pakistan’s Champions Trophy Squad:¬†Sarfraz Ahmad (capt & wkt), Azhar Ali, Ahmad Shahzad, Fakhar Zaman, Baber Azam, Muhammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Muhammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hassan Ali, Junaid Khan, Fahim Ashraf.

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