PCB announces squad for Sri Lanka tour

Batsman Mohammad Hafeez omitted from the Test squad while wicketkeepr Kamran Akmal dropped completely.

Afp July 09, 2014

KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board Wednesday announced separate 15-member squads for next month's two Tests and three one-day internationals in Sri Lanka.

The board dropped batsman Mohammad Hafeez from the Test squad, while wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has been dropped from both formats. Injured seamers Umar Gul and Mohammad Irfan too have been left out of the squads.

Former ODI captain Shoaib Malik was also omitted from the squads.

Underfire allrounder Afridi though was selected for the ODIs over Abdur Razzak.

Meanwhile, Shan Masood has been handed a Test cap.

The first Test starts in Galle from August 6 while the second Test is in Colombo from August 14. The three one-day internationals will be in Hambantota (August 23), Colombo (August 27) and Dambulla (August 30).

Test squad: Misbahul Haq (captain), Ahmed Shahzad, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Talha, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz.

One-day squad: Misbahul Haq (captain), Ahmed Shahzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar.


Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany | 7 years ago | Reply

Just a few remarks to the selection. Wicket Keeper Sarfaraz is a wrong choice. If Kamran Akmal had to be dropped then Adnan Akmal, who is a better keeper and a gutsy batsman should have been included. Fawad Alam has eventually been picked which is a right choice. As a matter of fact he should be groomed as the next captain. He has the substance required. The very fact that he scored a ton on come-back shows his level of confidence and self control. He knows what he wants, and should never have been overlooked. Umar Akmal would be very handy as Vice-Captain for tests and Captain for ODIs and 20-20s. Misbah has proved his worth but its time to look for his replacement after the World Cup. Best of luck!

Umer Adil | 7 years ago | Reply

Shaan Masood Test Cap.. ? hmm I thought he have already played test matches from Pakistan?

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