Pakistan squad - NatWest International T20s, 2010
Shahid Afridi (captain)
Despite resigning as Test captain after just one match in charge this summer, Afridi was retained as skipper for the limited-overs leg of the England tour. However ill-fated his Test reign, he remains a talisman in the one-day side. A batsman capable of destructive strokeplay and a wrist-spinner who marries menace with parsimony, Afridi remains one of the most entertaining cricketers around.
Shahzaib made his Pakistan debut last year aged only 19, and barely a week later was celebrating lifting the ICC World Twenty20. A hard-hitting opening batsman who does not always adhere to the coaching manual, Shahzaib is likely to share the responsibility for providing early impetus to the Pakistan innings with Kamran Akmal.
Hafeez arrived in England without having played a one-day international since 2007, although he was a member of the World Twenty20 earlier this year. He has opened the batting with mixed success in all forms of the game, also offers more than useful off-spin, and is among the finest fielders in a Pakistan side hardly remowned for its fleetness of foot.
Azhar showed signs of his talent - and an improving technique in English conditions - during the Test series against Australia and England. A compact left-hander with no little patience - witness his four-hour 92 to help set up victory over the hosts at the Brit Insurance Oval - it remains to be seen how much involvement this limited-overs novice has in the one-day series.
Yousuf, fresh from his retirement u-turn, returned to the Test team mid-series with immediate success, and will hope to add similar ballast in limited-overs cricket. Only Inzaman-ul-Haq has scored more one-day runs for Pakistan, but Yousuf's mere presence threatens to be equally crucial to Pakistan.
There often appears little difference in Umar’s approach to batting Test and one-day cricket, with aggression the watchword whatever form of the game. An often brutal strokemaker possessing seemingly limitless confidence, Umar’s performances in his brief international career have seen him become arguably the most dangerous member of a potentially destructive top order.
Lambasted for his wicketkeeping for much of the Test series, Kamran nevertheless remains an accomplished batsman in his own right. The 28-year-old, who has carved a niche for himself as a one-day opener, rarely needs a second invitation to attack and is particularly effective if granted any width.
A left-hander who has batted anywhere between five and nine in Pakistan’s one-day side, Fawad also offers the option of left-arm spin. He is known primarily for scoring 168 on his Test debut against Sri Lanka last year, although his impressive one-day statistics are skewed slightly by the fact that he was out only twice in his first nine ODI innings.
Razzaq is amongst the most experienced members of the Pakistan side and demonstrated his worth in their World Twenty20 triumph last year. A genuine bowler in his own right, especially in seamer-friendly conditions, he also possesses great power with the bat, notably when driving down the ground.
A hamstring injury cut short Gul’s involvement in the Test series against England, but he remains the key figure in Pakistan’s one-day attack. Potent with the new ball and amongst the finest in the world at the death, Gul was central to Pakistan’s World Twenty20 success in 2009 and will relish a return to these shores in coloured clothing.
Elevated to the Test side at Danish Kaneria’s expense, off-spinner Ajmal made a rapid transition from second-choice slow bowler to architect of England’s downfall in the third npower Test. His biggest weapon is his doosra - and, almost as importantly, the threat of it. He is enjoying life on the world stage after waiting until the age of 30 for a taste of international cricket.
A cricketer whose career resembles a soap opera. Legal battles, bans, fines, doubts over his action, fisticuffs with team-mates and genital warts are unsavoury additions to the CV of a bowler who ranks amongst the quickest in history. Shoaib was recalled to the Pakistan side for the umpteenth time earlier this summer.
Riaz made an instant impression in Tests with five wickets on debut against England at the Brit Insurance Oval. A brisk left-arm seamer who clearly relishes the rarefied atmosphere of international cricket, his displays of aggression - in word as well as deed - reflect a player not short on confidence or spirit.
Reserves: Sarfraz Ahmed, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Irfan, Abdur Rehman.
Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were named in the original squad but withdrew on September 2.