Thursday, February 9, 2012

'Boom Boom' returns for Pakistan

Pakistan will welcome back Shahid Afridi for their upcoming one-day and T20 series against England in the United Arab Emirates. The all-rounder was absent from the Test side's sensational 3-0 series whitewash against the English, following his decision not to be considered for selection, but will now return to action in the shorter forms of the game as Pakistan look to continue the tourists' troubles.

The star attraction in the Pakistan side has turned down a $700,000 move to the Dhaka Gladiators in the inaugural Bangladeshi Premier League in order to be available for selection against England in these one-day series. Afridi confirmed he had turned down the move in order to continue his international career. Those looking at the cricket betting need to bear this in mind.

"Unfortunately the dates of the league conflict directly with the one-day and Twenty20 series against England. So, I have decided to skip the Bangladesh event as national duty is more important," he said.

"I am looking forward to that series against England, so obviously it was not a difficult choice at all. I am available to play in foreign leagues only when not required on national duty."

Joining Afridi in the one-day squads will be exciting batsman Azhar Ali, who hit stunning century in the third Test against England and will now have a chance to add to his solitary one-day cap anyone looking at Betfair will be keeping an eye on him.

There are call-ups for Rawalpindi duo Awais Zia and Hammad Azam, who have both earned spots in the squads for the T20 squad following impressive domestic form. The three-game Twenty20 series will follow the squad's four one-day matches against England to be held in Abu Dhabi, with Pakistan probably going into both series as slight favourites following their comprehensive Test victory. 

Leading both sides will be Misbah-ul-Haq, who will continue the role his has taken to so well in the Test game into the one-day and T20 squads. The skipper has overseen this resurgent Pakistan side with some promising tactical calls, while maintaining his high batting levels.

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