Pakistan call up uncapped 39-year-old, omit Umar


Umar Akmal has been omitted from Pakistan's Twenty20 squad to face England, but veteran batsman Rafatullah Mohmand is in contention for an international debut almost two decades on from his maiden first-class appearance.

Rafatullah, who initially featured in first-class cricket back in 1996, was selected in a 16-man party on Thursday - six days on from celebrating his 39th birthday.

However, Umar has been overlooked, with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) revealing the flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman had been issued with a show-cause notice "after press reports revealed he had brought PCB and Pakistan Cricket into disrepute".

Chief selector Haroon Rashid outlined the reasons for calling up Rafatullah, who was part of a world-record second-wicket stand in first-class cricket when he shared 580 with Aamer Sajjad for Water and Power Development Authority in a 2009 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match.

"Having experience of playing first class cricket for many years, with his form, sound technique and fitness, and also given his fielding credentials, Riffat Ullah [Rafatullah] Mohmand has been afforded an opportunity as he was considered to have potential to feature in an international T20 competition as an opener," explained Rashid.

Iftikhar Ahmed also features in Pakistan's T20 selection and has been added to his country's squad for the ongoing ODI series following Younis Khan's retirement on Wednesday.

Imad Wasim's participation is subject to fitness, with Bilal Asif on standby to replace the former if necessary.

The first of three T20s between Pakistan and England will take place in Dubai on November 26.

Pakistan T20 squad: Shahid Afridi, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Imran Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Rafatullah Mohmand, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohail Tanvir, Imad Wasim (subject to fitness, otherwise Bilal Asif), Amir Yamin.