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Pakistan cricket board have recalled fast bowler Umar Gul to their ODI squad against Ireland and England. The 32-year-old last played ODI cricket for his country in April 2015. Gul is one of four fast bowlers including Hasan Ali – selected to play against England and Ireland from 18th August 2016.
Leg spinner Yasir Shah has also come back for limited-overs cricket for the first time since November 2015. He had been suspended for a doping test offence and could not make his selection for Pakistan vs New Zealand series played in January 2016.
Fast bowler Mohammad Iran has also made him out due to poor performance in last 12 ODI matches. As he could get just nine wickets in last 12 matches. On the other hand team management had also mindful about his injury prone nature. His height gives the extra bounce and pace that was the asset for team. However he has been overlooked by present selection committee leading by Inzamam-ul-Haq.
Umar Gul return to Pakistan ODI Squad After a Long time
Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood and Anwar Ali also have dropped from this tri series of Pakistan , England and Ire land. Shehzad has fallen out due to his issues of indiscipline and inconsistency while Maqsood also could not perform well since his career and Anwar have struggled with their recent form. Anwar has gone wicket less in four of his last six matches.
Sami Aslam, who showed good performance with two high-quality half-centuries in the Edgbaston Test against England has made his selection in ODI series against Ire land and England. Muhammad Nawaz who made his debut in Asia cup in February has got in. Although yet he could not get any wicket internationally but had a productive time in Pakistan Super league and was also a part of Pakistan A team in July against England.
Meanwhile Hasan, a 22-year-old right-arm seamer will play his debut in ODI series and have no international cricket experience. He made his List A debut in 2013 and has taken 40 wickets in 21 matches at an average of 22.87. Like Nawaz, he has recent experience of English conditions thanks to his inclusion in Pakistan’s A team tour last month.
“While picking the squad, the team management and skipper were consulted and all concerned gave their consent in this regard,” chief selector Inzamam ul Haq said in a statement issued by PCB Official website that. “The team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions and the recent performances of some players in domestic and A Team tours. The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and the selectors believe that this team will do well.”
Umar Gul’s bring back to the Pakistan team after two months when he had accused the selectors of “double standards”. Though he has had also problems with fitness, missing large chunks of cricket in 2013 and 2014 due to his knee injury, he said he had been overlooked for the 2015 World Cup despite meeting the minimum fitness requirements. After that he was also dropped for Test Squad against England and even the the national camps in Abbottabad and Lahore. Gul said that selectors have neglected him in the past.
Pakistan’s ODI squad: Azhar Ali (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Sami Aslam, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Nawaz
Changes to Pakistan’s ODI squad
In: Sami Aslam, Sharjeel Khan, Umar Gul, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, and Mohammad Nawaz
Out: Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Irfan, Rahat Ali, Sohaib Maqsood, Zafar Gohar