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Apr 7, 2011

Kamran Akmal Dropped for West Indies tour

The Pakistan selectors on Wednesday dropped faltering wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal from ODI and T20 cricket team for this month's tour of the West Indies and rested senior players.

The 29-year-old was criticized for dropping crucial catches during the World Cup semi-final, where Pakistan lost in the semi-finals to arch rival India.

Kamran Akmal"We have given Kamran Akmal a break because his wicket-keeping was not up to the mark during the World Cup 2011," chief selector Mohsin Khan told AFP. "We think Kamran needs a rest."

Local media said the wicketkeeper will also lose his Test place to younger brother Adnan Akmal, part of the Test team to New Zealand earlier this year.

Mohammad Salman, 29, will keep wickets in the Twenty20 and one-day matches.

Pakistan will play a Twenty20 international, five one-day games and two Tests on the month-long tour, starting from April 18.

Khan said the tour gives Pakistan an opportunity to test new players.

"We have chosen the team with a plan to try some youngsters who can serve Pakistan in the future," said Khan. "Younis Khan and Umar Gul have been rested while Abdul Razzaq could not fit into the team."

ODI Captain Shahid Afridi had hinted that senior players would be rested to give younger team members a chance, prompting Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq and Umar Gul -- all part of the World Cup squad -- to be left out.

Afridi will not be part of the Test team after retiring from the longer version of the game last year.

Misbah-ul-Haq will lead Pakistan in the Test match, for which a squad will be announced later.

Squad (ODI & Twenty20): Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Taufiq Umar, Usman Salahuddin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Tanvir Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam, Aizaz Cheema, Mohammad Salman.

1 comment:

nazia shah said...

kamaran akmal show very lose performance in the previous match,
he droped very easy catches and that was not reasonable, and no excusable

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