Wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal and former captain Shoaib Malik, were named in Pakistan's preliminary squad, while allrounder Abdul Razzaq failed to find a place after having left the South Africa tour last year due to a hamstring injury last year. Malik was forced to leave Pakistan's T20 squad in South Africa last year due to a thumb injury too.
Malik was captain of Pakistan in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007, where it was beaten by India in the final. After being left out of the ODI squad for the Champions Trophy in England last year, Kamran found himself out of favour with the selectors.
The Pakistan team is expected to be led Mohammad Hafeez who led Pakistan to a semifinal finish in the 2012 World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
Pakistan were crowned World Twenty20 champions in the 2009 edition of the event in England.
Preliminary squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmad Shahzad, Sharjeel Khan, Shahzaib Hasan, Nasir Jamshaid, Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Harris Sohail, Yasir Arafat, Yasir Shah, Hammad Azam, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Khan Afridi, Zohaib Ahmed, Sohail Tanveer, Mohammad Irfan, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Raza Hasan, Abdul Rehman, Sarfaraz Ahmed.