LAHORE: Shahid Afridi wants three to four young players to be included in the 15-member squad for the Asia Cup starting in Sri Lanka from June 15.
"We should have three to four new players along with the seniors so that we can strike the right balance in the one-day side," Afridi said on Tuesday.
"I think the time is right to start grooming and giving exposure to some of our young lot because we also have to keep the 2011 World Cup in mind," he said according to media reports.
Regarding the selectors’ decision to not include young all-rounder Hammad Azam in the list of probables for the Asia Cup, Afridi said that neither he nor the coach had any hand in the selection of the T20 squad.
"The selectors had picked that squad but as a matter of policy I and the coach want to give exposure to young players so that they can provide stable support and back up to the seniors in future," he said.
Afridi refused to comment on all-rounder Shoaib Malik`s availability for the Asia Cup and the England tour after the PCB appeals tribunal had lifted the one-year ban imposed on the former skipper.
"It is something that concerns the board. As far as I am concerned whoever is eligible for selection is an important player for me," he said.