Asad Shafiq returns to ODI squad as PCB announces 16-member lineup for Windies series

LAHORE: Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq on Sunday finalised the 16-member One Day International (ODI) team for three ODIs against the West Indies to be played in the United Arab Emirates starting Sept 30.

PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said Azhar Ali will remain skipper and Sarfraz Ahmad will be vice captain.

The new lineup sees middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq making a comeback to the ODI squad. The last ODI Asad played for Pakistan was against Zimbabwe last October in Harare.

The batsman has scored 1,318 runs in ODIs at an average of 25.34 while batting in the middle-order, and has expressed his willingness to bat at any position for the team.

Pakistan will play three ODIs against the West Indies on Sept 30 and Oct 2 in Sharjah, and Oct 5 in Abu Dhabi.

“While picking the squad, the team management and skipper were consulted and all concerned gave their consent in this regard,” said a Pakistan Cricket Board statement.

The squad includes: Azhar Ali (Captain), Sarfraz Ahmed (Vice Captain), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Muhammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Muhammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Sohail Khan.

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