Shahid Afridi left out of ODI squad, Kaneria recalled

danishPakistan on Friday dropped all-rounder Shahid Afridi from their one-day squad and recalled leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and Mohammad Sami for the five-match One-day International (ODI) series against the West Indies starting from December 5 in Rawalpindi, writes Khalid Hussain.

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that the 14-member squad is just for the opening one-dayer which keep the door ajar for Afridi to make a comeback.

Afridi’s exclusion came after a string of poor scores - 114 runs in 17 matches - but he has been such an integral part of the squad that it was still a bit surprising.

The Karachi-based all-rounder has been completely out of form and has been just throwing his wicket in international matches almost all of this season.

“We would continue monitoring Afridi’s performance in domestic matches and there would be hope for him if he performs in the Patron’s Trophy,” chief selector Wasim Bari said.

Afridi, who has scored at an average of just over eight in the last 17 matches and taken 14 wickets at a high economy rate, will have to come with something extra-ordinary in domestic games resurrect his international career ahead of next spring’s World Cup in the West Indies.

He has made room for Danish Kaneria, who returns to the ODI squad after missing the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy in India. The other specialist spinner in the squad is the uncapped Abdul Rehman.

Medium pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, after being dropped from the Test squad because of a disappointing performance in the Champions Trophy, is also back. Rana found some form in domestic games and is expected to strengthen the pace department of Pakistan’s ODI squad.

Shahid Nazir, a part of the Test squad, has been dropped along with batsman Faisal Iqbal and Samiullah Niazi. Opener Yasir Hameed, recalled for the Test series, managed to retain his place in the team for the ODI series.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq will miss the opening ODI in Rawalpindi on Tuesday as he completes a four-match International Cricket Council (ICC) ban for bringing the game into disrepute during The Oval fiasco. Vice-captain Younis Khan will lead Pakistan in the first ODI in the absence of Inzamam.

The announcement of the squad did raise some eyebrows as the official sheet for the opening had the name of Inzamam, though it also stated that the batsman would not be playing in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Younis Khan (captain), Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper), Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Danish Kaneria, Abdul Rehman.

Source:The News

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