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Pakistan recall Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq for WI ODIs

Pakistan have recalled batsmen Umar Akmal and Asad Shafiq for the upcoming three-match ODI series against West Indies in the UAE. Sami Aslam and Umar Gul, who featured in the squad for the England ODIs, have been excluded, while Mohammad Hafeez will miss the series due to an injury. Pakistan have also recalled fast bowlers Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali.

Both Shafiq and Akmal last played in the format in 2015. While Shafiq's previous match came in October 2015 against Zimbabwe in Harare, Akmal has not been part of an ODI XI since the 2015 World Cup.

On previous instances, Shafiq had been left out of the ODI squad due to his inconsistent run in the format. However, good form in the recent National T20 Cup - he was the fourth-highest run-scorer with 310 at an average of 51.66 and a strike rate of 139.01 - brought him back into contention. Akmal was recently recalled to the T20I side after assuring the PCB that there would not be any further issues with his conduct. He had been left out of the training camp in May, before the England tour, due to disciplinary reasons.

Hafeez has been rested after suffering a knee injury. Earlier, a calf injury had forced him out of the England series after the first ODI. The injury also kept him out of the T20I series against West Indies. Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam and captain Azhar Ali will fulfill the top-order responsibilities. Azhar's captaincy will be under scrutiny in the series, specially after the 4-1 series defeat to England in earlier this month.

Pakistan squad: Azhar Ali (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (vice-capt), Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Khan,

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