Umar Akmal fails fitness test as Pakistan announce squad for WI tour

Umar out, Kamran in as Pakistan ODI, T20 squads for West Indies announced

Shehzad was dropped from the Twenty20 and one-day squad after former head coach Waqar Younis described him as "undisciplined" following Pakistan's World Twenty20 failure in India a year ago.

On Wednesday The Pakistan Cricket Board announced the T20 and ODI squads for the upcoming tour to West Indies starting from March 26. The remaining three matches will be played in Port of Spain on March 30, April 1 and 2.

Akmal forced his way back into global cricket after top-scoring with 353 runs in the recent Pakistan Super League which was eventually won by his team Peshawar Zalmi. The selection panel, headed by former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, also issued call-ups to Mohammad Asghar and all-rounder Fahim Ashraf, who will join veteran Asif Zakir as the five fresh faces in the 50-over squad.

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said Pakistan could benefit from Akmal's twin roles as a batsman and as a backup wicketkeeper to Pakistan's ODI and T20 captain Sarfraz Ahmed.

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On the other hand, his younger brother, Umar Akmal, who failed to pass the fitness test, was not considered.

Fast bowler Muhammad Amir was not selected for the T20 squad, Inzamam informed that the fast bowler has been rested. Among them left-handed batsman Fakhar Zaman and leg-spinner Shadab Khan have been picked for both the squads. The opening batsman was also the top scorer of National One-Day Cup for his department this season with 653 runs in 9 innings.

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

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