Pakistan pick Amir

Pakistan have named Mohammad Amir in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20 in India.

The 23-year-old paceman has played two one-day internationals and three Twenty20s for Pakistan since returning from a five-year ban for spot-fixing.

The Pakistan party includes four uncapped players in T20Is – fast bowler Rumman Raees, all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz plus batsmen Khurram Manzoor and Babar Azam – the quartet having recently represented their A side against England Lions in Dubai.

Mohammad Amir has made five appearances for Pakistan since returning from a five-year ban

Batsman Ahmed Shehzad and paceman Umar Gul are the big-name omissions from the squad, while Yasir Shah has been banned for three months for breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-doping code.

Chief selector Haroon Rashid said: “The T20 team has been selected keeping in mind the conditions during Asia Cup and World T20 and the recent performances of some players in domestic and A Team tours.

“The team is a fine blend of experience and youth and the selectors believe that team will do well in both tournaments.”

Pakistan squad: Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Nawaz, Khurram Manzoor, Rumman Raees.

Source: ECB

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