LAHORE - Ahmed Shahzad, M Sami and Shoaib Malik made their way to the 16-member Pakistan one-day squad announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on late Sunday night.

The selectors also preferred youngsters Babar Azam, Hammad Azam and Imad Wasim alongside veteran Sami and Malik while included one of the bad boys Ahmed Shahzad and dropped the other one Umar Akmal, who also failed to impress with the bat during the Zimbabwe Twenty20 internationals. Those were dropped from the ODI squad were youngster Sami Aslam, middle order batsman Fawad Alam, less effective with new style Saeed Ajmal, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali, Saad Nasim, Umar Gul and Zulfiqar Babar.

Ahmed Shahzad batted well during the T20 series against Zimbabwe which compelled the selectors to include him in the ODI squad with the hope that he would continue his good form in the ODIs too and help the team register crucial victories. Veteran bowler Sami seemed physically fit and also in good form which helped him get berth in the team. He bowled well in the first T20 claiming three wickets while got one in the second T20. Shoaib Malik was though not too good with bat yet he bowled well and filled the void of full-time spinner bowler. Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, and Hammad Azam were the youngsters who impressed the selectors at domestic circuit, therefore, got call for ODI squad.

On the other hand, Umar Akmal was neglected for his poor form during the T20 series against Zimbabwe while he was also in bad list of the PCB after head coach Waqar Younis’ report. Saeed Ajmal was struggling to regain his form and therefore was dropped as the selectors have been preferring in-form players to get outstanding results.

PAKISTAN ODI SQUAD: Azhar Ali, M Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, M Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Hammad Azam, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, M Sami and Junaid Khan.