Inzamam: Akmal picked on basis of form

Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq says wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal was picked for the T20 series against the West Indies in the UAE because of his good form domestically.

Akmal, who was not picked for any part of the recent England tour due to poor discipline and form, was recalled for the Windies games because of his century and three half tons in his five most recent games for Lahore.

Inzamam said of Umar’s selection: “He is back in the team because he is in good form and has shown this in the national event.

“I have spoken to him and he is keen to prove to everyone that he wants to become a permanent part of the Pakistan team in other formats of the game.”

For his part, Akmal said he was refocused on the game and had put his disciplinary issues behind him. He also said he wanted to get back into the ODI side as well.

He said: “I want to have a controversy free career now because staying out for five months from the national side were very tough and hard for me. It made me realise lot of things.

“I know I can also contribute a lot in the 50-over format as I enjoy the challenge of the longer format of the game.”

The T20 series in the UAE starts on 23 September in Dubai.