Though the selectors recalled discarded wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and former captain Shoaib Malik and also kept injured pacers Umar Gul and Muhammad Irfan in the preliminary squad, they ignored Razzaq who had to return home from South Africa in December due to an injury.
     
The experienced all-rounder had yesterday claimed that he still had two years of cricket left in him and was working hard on his fitness but the rest depends on the selectors.
     
Gul and Irfan have been retained despite not being considered for the recent Test series against Sri Lanka due to fitness issues while Kamran returns to the squad after sitting out since last year's Champions Trophy.
     
The selectors also announced the 15-member squad for the ICC Youth World Cup being held in UAE in March.
     
Probables: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmad Shahzad, Sharjeel Khan, Shahzaib Hasan, Nasir Jamshaid, Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal (wicket-keeper), Harris Sohail, Yasir Arafat, Yasir Shah, Hammad Azam, Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper), Shahid Afridi, Zohaib Ahmed, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Raza Hasan, Abdul Rehman, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper).

 (Agencies)

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