Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal is set to make a return to international cricket during the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia Down Under after he was named as a replacement for Twenty20 captain Sarfraz Ahmed, who will fly home after his mother fell seriously ill on Tuesday.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is yet to make an official announcement but Akmal is deemed as an alternate to the T20 captain, reported the local media.
Akmal, who last played for Pakistan during 2014 World T20, had been pressing hard for a spot in the national line-up due to his blistering First Class form. Playing for Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), under the leadership of former Test captain Salman Butt, the 34-year-old struck over a thousand runs at a stupefying average of 80. During the ongoing List-A season, Akmal struck two centuries and a half-century in eight matches, piling up 361 at 45.
After a regrettable fourth straight Test whitewash in Australia, Pakistan aim to restore their pride in the ODI series, which commences Friday at Brisbane.
Earlier, Pakistan named all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez as the 16th member of the squad on the recommendation of the team management — comprising of the captain and head coach Mickey Arthur. The 36-year-old last turned out for Pakistan in August in the four-Test series against England on the British Isles. He was sent back to Pakistan after he aggravated his knee injury.
The right-handed opener has accumulated 5404 ODI runs at 32 since his debut against Zimbabwe at Sharjah in 2003.