On Friday, Pakistan selectors have recalled Umar Akmal to the One-Day International squad for the five-match series against Australia. Mohammad Irfan will also be returning to the team after recovering from an injury.
Akmal played his last ODI in the 2015 World Cup clash against Australia in Adelaide but later he got the chance to feature in the team for the Twenty20 series against West Indies in the United Arab Emirates. However, now he will be there in the team as the second wicketkeeper with Sarfaraz Ahmed set to take the keeping duties.
The selectors have made numerous changes to the team as compared to the squad that played against West Indies in the four-match ODI series in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year. Players like Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Zafar Gohar, Bilal Asif, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali and Aamer Yamin have not been included in the squad.
The first ODI between Pakistan and Australia is scheduled to take place in Brisbane before heading to Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide for the remaining matches.
Squad: Azhar Ali (c), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Khan (wk), Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan