Saeed Ajmal to return to International fold


After undergoing remedial work to fix his bowling action, spinner Saeed Ajmal will return to the international fold after he was selected in the Pakistan squad for the tour of Bangladesh later this month.

The 37 year-old Ajmal was picked in all three formats for the tour which will consist of three ODI's, one T20 International and also two Test matches.

Ajmal, who's action was deemed illegal in September, was cleared by the ICC to bowl again in February this year. The off-spinner missed the World Cup, where Pakistan crashed out in the quarterfinals against eventual winners Australia.

Batsman Umar Akmal, who had a poor World Cup, was left out of all three squads, while allrounders Fawad Alam and Mohammad Hafeez return to the ODI side after the retirements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi. Batsman Azhar Ali will be the new ODI skipper.

Ahmed Shehzad was dropped from the ODI and Test squads after coach Waqar Younis complained about indiscipline in the camp during the global tournament.

Haroon Rasheed, who leads a newly appointed selection committee, said: "We have told the players that Pakistan comes first. There will be no compromise on discipline and that's why we have dropped Umar from all formats and Ahmed Shehzad from two."

Squad changes for Bangladesh tour:


Out: Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Younis Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Misbah-ul-Haq (retired), Shahid Afridi (retired)

In: Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Sami Aslam


Out: Ehsan Adil, Imran Khan, Mohammad Talha, Shan Masood, Taufeeq Umar

In: Babar Azam, Sami Aslam, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Sohail Khan


Out: Anwar Ali, Awais Zia, Raza Hasan, Umar Akmal

In: Mukhtar Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Mohammad Rizwan, Sohail Khan, Junaid Khan