Umar and Riaz back for England Tests
Pakistan have recalled batsman Umar Akmal and seamer Wahab Riaz for the Test series with England in the United Arab Emirates, beginning next month.
Umar and Riaz, whose last Tests were in September and May respectively, return at the expense of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Khalil.
Umar has been in good form domestically and internationally while Wahab, a tall bowler who played for Kent this summer, has impressed of late in Pakistani domestic cricket.
Malik, who has not played a Test since August last year, has struggled for runs in recent limited-overs internationals. Khalil, a non-playing member of the squad that toured Bangladesh this month who last represented his country in 2005, replaced Junaid Khan for that trip.
Junaid, a left-arm seamer like Riaz and Khalil, has been included subject to recovering from an abdominal strain.
In addition to the Test party, Pakistan have also named a 12-man squad to form the PCB XI that will face England in a three-day game from January 11. That is the tourists’ last match before the first Test of three, at Dubai, from January 17.
Pakistan Test squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Adnan Akmal (wicketkeeper), Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman.
PCB XI squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, wicketkeeper), Nasir Jamshaid, Afaq Rahim, Harris Sohail, Mohammad Ayub Dogar, Fawad Alam, Usman Salahuddin, Raza Hassan, Mohammad Khalil, Mohammad Talha, Ali Imran Pasha, Yasir Shah.