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Pakistan team for Sri Lanka tour announced, Sami dropped.

Written by Kashif Aziz on March 11th, 2006   (180 views)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced 17 member squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. Mohammad Sami is dropped, citing poor form as the reason. The team is announced for one day internationals and Sami’s performance in one dayers against India is ignored by the selectors. Out-of-form Salman Butt and Rana Naveed are also kept in the side. There are two new faces, Tahir Khan and Abdul Rehman.

“We realised that [he] needs some confidence-building as he clearly lacked it,” said the chief selector, Wasim Bari. “He will definitely be considered for the Test team to be announced after the one-dayers.”

“The two newcomers are included in the one-day team,” said Bari, “keeping in mind that we have to build the squad for next year’s World Cup.”

The Pakistani team will fly out to Sri Lanka on Sunday and play the first of three one-day matches in Colombo on March 17. The remaining two limited-overs internationals, also in Colombo, are scheduled for March 19 and 21. The first Test starts in Colombo on March 24 and the second at Kandy on April 1.

Pakistan squad Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Faisal Iqbal, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wk), Abdul Razzaq, Danish Kaneria, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Mohammad Asif, Rao Iftikhar, Abdul Rehman, Tahir Khan, Umar Gul.

According to a report in The News, Pakistan cricket team’s captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and chief selector Wasim Bari have defended the selection of 17 players for just the three-match One-day International (ODI) series in Sri Lanka starting from March 17.

The selection of so many players for the ODIs led to a protest from Director Cricket Operations PCB, Saleem Altaf and a note of dissent from him on the squad. “We’ve picked the new players keeping in mind the next World Cup in 2007. We need to give the new players who have some potential, some exposure to see whether they can develop into steady performers for Pakistan,” Bari said. However, it is interesting to note that there are only two new players in the side. The opener Rifatullah Mehmand and pacer Mohammad Irshad haven’t been provided the chance.

Inzamam said the process of preparing for the World Cup had started with the Sri Lanka tour and that’s why some young players had been included. “We just want to have a look at them closely to check out their potential and temperament. You can only do that on a foreign tour and it’ll be good for the youngsters to travel with the team and get used to the dressing room atmosphere and team discipline,” he added.

Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan admitted the Board had some reservations over sending 17 players for the three one-dayers to Sri Lanka.

“But I’ve spoken to the selectors and captain and I can understand their point of view for picking some extra players. The idea is to give them exposure and test them out in foreign conditions. It’s also a reward for their consistent performances in domestic cricket,” he stated.

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