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Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has confirmed that batsman Umar Akmal is on the selectors’ radar, but insisted that this doesn’t mean he will be recalled to the national team.
Umar has been in red-hot form in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he is representing the Quetta Gladiators.
In the six matches he has played thus far, the 28-year-old has scored 201 runs, which includes two half-centuries, at an average of 50.25.
However, it should be noted that Umar’s last international match for Pakistan was an ODI against Australia in January 2017.
“There will be no surprise package and we won’t do any such selection which surprises,” Inzamam told ESPNcricinfo. “I will try to believe in the same team which we have been playing with for quite some time. This is also preparation of World Cup and it’s better to play with the same combination.
“There are a few options for us to replace Hafeez, though. Umar Akmal is doing well, we have players in middle-order, we have Hussain Talat who went to South Africa. I wish Hafeez gets fit otherwise we have other options. Umar has performed well so far and we will definitely consider him. It’s a good thing that such tournaments [PSL] have these benefits and you can include them in Pakistan team. An experienced player who has played for us before and is in form, it will be good.”