Pakistan name squad to face Scotland
Pakistan has named their squad to face Scotland and Ireland in May before competing in the Champions Trophy which will be held in England.
They will be without big hitting Shaid Afridi after he was omitted after a dip in his recent form. Also missing will be explosive batsman Umar Akmal.
Wahab Riaz will spearhead the pace attack and highly rated spinner Sayeed Ajmal has been included in the squad.
Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan’s Chief Selector, has said the matches against Scotland and Ireland will be an opportunity for Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik to impress ahead of the tournament.
"Both need to contribute significantly to the team's performance because in recent matches they have not lived up to our expectations," he said.
Pakistan have also appointed 2003 Grange professional Trent Woodhill as their batting coach for the Champions Trophy in June.
Woodhill, 42, was involved with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League in Australia and is part of the Delhi Daredevils' support staff in the on-going Indian Premier League.
Pakistan Squad: Nasir Jamshed, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq (Capt), Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil Wahab Riaz.