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Pakistan's Shabbir returns for SA one dayers

Apart from Shabbir, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman and Imran Nazir have all been called up for the ODI series.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2007 12:53 IST

Pakistan's Shabbir Ahmed has been named as one of five players called up for the one-day series in South Africa, the paceman returning to the side for the first time since serving a 12-month ban for an illegal bowling action.

Shabbir, who played 10 tests and 32 one-dayers before his ban, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman and Imran Nazir have all been added to the squad currently playing the final test of a three-match series in South Africa.

Faisal Iqbal, Asim Kamal, Danish Kaneria and Shahid Nazir will all return home after the final test, joining fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul, who left the tour after the second test due to nagging fitness problems.

A tall paceman who has struggled with his action since his debut in 1999, Shabbir has been reported four times and was banned in December 2005 after being called twice in a year by International Cricket Council (ICC) match officials.

His action was cleared last month by the ICC after he underwent fresh biomechanic tests in Australia.

"He has been bowling well in domestic cricket and there is definite improvement in his action," Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman Ehsan Malik said on Saturday.

Razzaq also returns after missing the test series in South Africa due to a calf muscle injury, while batsman Imran Nazir has been recalled after last playing for his country in 2004.

"Nazir's recall is also based on his domestic form and we are keeping an eye on the coming World Cup," Malik added.

Pakistan play a Twenty20 international in Johannesburg on February 2 ahead of a five-match one-day series.

First Published: Jan 27, 2007 12:53 IST