Iftikhar Ahmed returns, Hasan Ali not included in Pakistan team for ODI series against Sri Lanka

Pakistan have announced their 16-man squad for the upcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka. Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed and Mohammad Nawaz have been included in the limited-overs squad for the home series against Sri Lanka. Pakistan Head Coach and Chief Selector, Misbah-ul-Haq had announced the squad ahead of the three-match series that will begin from 27th September in Karachi.

The pace duo of Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi are notable absentees from the limited-overs squad. Shaheen has sidelined as he is suffering from dengue, while Hasan Ali is out of the series due to a back spasm.

All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has also not been picked as he is currently playing in the Caribbean Premier League for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

Middle-order batsman Iftikhar Ahmed has made limited appearances for Pakistan but has made his comeback into the one-day squad due to string of strong performances at the domestic level. Misbah clearly stated that Iftikhar has produced impressive numbers with the bat in the List A cricket and has been a consistent performer in the last couple of seasons. He said that Iftikhar can also bowl off-spin which would provide Pakistan with the lot of options in the 50-over format.

Wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan was surprisingly left out of the World Cup squad despite notching two splendid centuries against Australia in the one-day series played in the UAE. He makes a return to the limited-overs squad and will be keen to make an impression with the bat in this three-match one-day series.

Misbah ul Haq also backed ODI Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to get back to his best with the bat. Former Pakistan Captain said that Sarfaraz Ahmed has the ability and talent to produce big runs for the side in this format.Pakistan Cricket Board has retained Sarfaraz Ahmed as captain of limited-overs side for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.

Pakistan’s limited-overs squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain & wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Usman Khan Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan.

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