Kamran Akmal makes World T20 provisional squad
July 11, 2012
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Kamran Akmal, the Pakistan wicketkeeper who is awaiting clearance by the PCB's integrity committee, has been named in the country's provisional 30-man squad for September's World Twenty20. It is as yet unclear, though, as to whether Kamran was cleared by the committee. He had been summoned to appear before it on July 4.
Batsman Imran Nazir, who last played for Pakistan in February 2010, and allrounder Abdul Razzaq have also made the squad. All three players do not have central contracts.
In May, Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's chief selector, had said Kamran needed to clear himself of integrity issues before being eligible for selection for the national team. He had last played for Pakistan at the 2011 World Cup, but has been active on the domestic circuit and had played the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League earlier this year.
Akmal had come under the scanner when he was sent a notice by the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit after the Nottingham Test against England in July 2010, seeking information about events related to the 2010 World Twenty20 held in the Caribbean. Akmal later claimed he has an ICC clearance letter that says there is no inquiry pending against him.
Razzaq has not played for Pakistan since injuring his shoulder in the ODI series against Sri Lanka in the UAE in November. He was cut from the contracts list for 2012, and had criticised the selectors' decision to keep him from the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka. Razzaq has remained active in domestic Twenty20, though, playing Australia's Big Bash League in December-January and the Bangladesh Premier League that followed. He is currently in England, where he is playing limited-overs cricket for Leicestershire.
More to follow ...
Squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed, Imran Nazir, Shahzaib Hasan, Awais Zia, Sharjeel Khan, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Rameez Raja, Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Raza Hasan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Kamran Akmal, Shakeel Ansar