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Kamran Akmal set for return to Pakistan team

Pakistan's troubled wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal could finally make a comeback to the national team for the ODI and Twenty20 match against Bangladesh in Lahore later this month.

cricket Updated: Apr 16, 2012 11:47 IST

Pakistan's troubled wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal could finally make a comeback to the national team for the ODI and Twenty20 match against Bangladesh in Lahore later in April.

Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board said that Kamran, who has been out of favour since the 2011 World Cup, was only allowed to train with the Pakistan team at the National Cricket Academy last week after the board gave clearance.

"The chairman of the Board, Zaka Ashraf has finally cleared Kamran to be considered for national selection that is why he is now training with the Pakistani players at the NCA," a source said.

The 30-year-old -- who has played 53 Tests, 137 one-day internationals and 38 Twenty20 internationals -- has not been cleared by the board to be considered for selection to the national team since after the World Cup.

While he was dropped after the World Cup because of poor form, the PCB also had suspicions about his integrity after the spot-fixing scandal saw three Pakistani players, Salman Butt, Muhammad Asif and Muhammad Aamir first banned and then jailed for their role in it.

"Kamran has now also been cleared on the integrity form and given that he has regularly been playing domestic cricket and performing pretty consistently, he is now in line to be considered for the one ODI and one Twenty20 against Bangladesh later this month in Lahore," another source confirmed.