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Mohammad Irshad may get a call for Sri Lanka tour

Written by Kashif Aziz on March 1st, 2006   (299 views)

Chief selector Wasim Bari hinted after a recent PCB meeting that young pacer Mohammad Irshad, in the absence of the injured Shoaib Akhtar and suspended Shabbir Ahmed, stood a very good chance of making the training camp as he had been bowling well in domestic cricket and in the side matches he played against England and India.

A PCB source said the selectors had finalised a shortlist of players for the training camp which begins immediately after the Twenty20 ends on March 4. “There are some new faces in the probables’ list but this list can be changed later on,” the source said. The selectors are also said to have consulted Inzamam-ul-Haq during the meeting as coach Bob Woolmer is out of the country on vacations.

The source pointed out that generally most of the players who appeared against England and India selected themselves for the camp with a question mark remaining over the fitness of pacer Umar Gul.

He said others like Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, Inzamam, Faisal Iqbal, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Sami, Rana Naved, Mohammad Asif, Danish Kaneria and Gul were obvious choices. “It’ll be interesting to see what the selectors have decided for veteran off-spinner Arshad Khan and whether they retain him for Sri Lanka given the conditions there or opt for one or two youngsters like Mansoor Amjad and Tahir Khan,” the source said.

The selection of the touring squad for Sri Lanka could be the final assignment for Bari and his men as the Ad-hoc Committee, which meets again on March 28, has come close to appointing a new paid selection committee.

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