Nazir and Naved gets Pakistan call

Published: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 14:22 [IST]
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Karachi: Imran Nazir and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan staged a comeback into Pakistan squad when PCB announced their 16 man squad for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Both these players were banned by PCB after joining ICL and were overlooked for the national team in 2007.

Pakistan-Sri Lanka ODI Fixture

A high court suspended the bans in February, paving their way for return to national and international cricket.

The PCB last month announced that most of the ICL players were now eligible to play for Pakistan after they submitted "no objection certificates" from the ICL and would be considered for selection in the national team.

The 27-year-old Nazir played the last of his 74 one-day matches against India in 2007 before defecting to the ICL later that year. He has so far scored 1,784 one-day runs.

Naved, a quality one-day all-rounder who also plays for Yorkshire county in the English season, played his last one-day against the West Indies in the 2007 World Cup held in the Caribbean.

The 31-year-old has taken 95 wickets in 62 one-day matches.

The one-day squad has also been boosted by the return of dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who skipped the three-Test series currently being played against Sri Lanka after guiding Pakistan to World Twenty20 title last month.

Five players -- Faisal Iqbal, Khurram Manzoor, Abdul Rauf, Danish Kaneria and Salman Butt, all members of the squad trailing Sri Lanka 2-0 in the Test series -- will return home after the series.

The first of five one-day matches will be played on July 30. Pakistan and Sri Lanka will also play a Twenty20 international following the one-day series.

Besides Nazir, Naved and Afridi, opener Nasir Jamshed, paceman Rao Iftikhar and batsman Umar Akmal will join the team for the one-day series.

Umer, 19, is the younger brother of wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal, part of Pakistan team in Sri Lanka.

Controversial paceman Shoaib Akhtar was not considered for one-day series after he failed a fitness test last week.

Squad: Younus Khan (captain), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Aamir, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Abdul Razzaq, Umer Akmal, Fawad Alam, Rao Iftikhar

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