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ICC World Twenty20: Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq omitted from preliminary squad

Abdul Razzaq: Omitted from Pakistan's ICC World Twenty20 squad

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All-rounder Abdul Razzaq has been left out of Pakistan's preliminary 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20.

The 34-year-old has played 265 one-day internationals and 32 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan but has been overlooked by selectors for the tournament, which starts in march.

Razzaq featured in Pakistan's T20 series in South Africa last month but returned home early due to fitness problems.

"It is disappointing but I am not giving up on my career as I still feel I can play for another two years and I am feeling fit as ever," he told Reuters.

Pace bowlers Umar Gul and Muhammad Irfan have both been included despite the duo also suffering from recent fitness problems.

Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who has not represented his country since Jun of last year, has also been recalled.

Preliminary squad: Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmad Shahzad, Sharjeel Khan, Shahzaib Hasan, Nasir Jamshaid, Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal (wicketkeeper), Haris Sohail, Yasir Arafat, Yasir Shah, Hammad Azam, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Shahid Afridi, Zohaib Ahmed, Sohail Tanvir, Muhammad Irfan, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil, Muhammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Raza Hasan, Abdul Rehman, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper).

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