LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) national selection committee Sunday recalled experienced speedster Umar Gul for the two T20 matches and first two ODIs against New Zealand while senior batsman Younus Khan was called up for ODIs.

After the approval from PCB chairman Shaharyar M Khan, the board announced a 14-member T20 squad to be captained by Shahid Afridi and a 16-member ODI squad led by Misbahul Haq. Opening batsman Nasir Jamshed has also been recalled for the ODIs, while wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed, who was prolific in the recent Tests, is back in the T20 squad.

Gul, who has been in and out of the team having undergone knee surgery in May, has been recalled for both formats. The comeback of Younus is seen as a step down by the selectors led by Moin Khan, who had earlier while dropping Younus for the one-day series against Australia claimed he was not part of their World Cup plans.

Younus had lashed out at the national selectors for dropping him from the ODI side, two months in which he has ransacked 717 runs in five Tests with three back-to-back centuries. The selectors simply couldn't ignore the weight of those runs, and have picked him in the ODI squad for the first two matches against New Zealand.

Dashing middle-order batsman Umar Akmal has also been displaced as the wicketkeeper in both formats by in-form sSarfraz Ahmed although Umar had also been performing keeping duties since last year. He is lucky to be in the side as he has struggled for form in the domestic matches since being dropped for the Tests.

Also fortunate to win a recall is left-handed opener Nasir Jamshed for the ODI matches while left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz has also recovered from his knee problem which he suffered during the ODIs against Australia, and has been picked in both formats. Opener Ahmed Shehzad, who was hit on the jaw by a short pitched ball during the first Test against New Zealand, is also back in the squads after a quick recovery.

Chief selector Moin Khan said that the coming limited over series was last opportunity for players to perform and cement their places for the World Cup. “This is our final opportunity to test all our potential players before the World Cup. That is why we have tried to induct all our fit players in contention for a slot,” Moin said.

“Both the squads are well-balanced, with a decent blend of in-form batsmen and good all-rounders, with the bowling attack a potent mix of pace and spin combinations. Quite a few players have been included either after returning from injury or on the basis of current form,” he added.

“In the ODI squad, Younus Khan has been recalled due to his sparkling form. Similarly, Sarfraz Ahmed is featuring in a T20i for the first time. Young and promising Haris Sohail is also part of both squads, while Sohaib Maqsood was not considered on fitness grounds. Among our pace bowlers, Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul are making comebacks from injury to make the pace attack more potent,” he said.

T20I SQUAD: Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, M Hafeez, Haris Sohail, M Irfan, Owais Zia, Raza Hasan, Saad Nasim, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi (capt), Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz.

ODI SQUAD: Ahmed Shehzad, M Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Bilawal Bhatti, Haris Sohail, Misbahul Haq (capt), M Irfan, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Younus Khan, Zulfiqar Babar.