Pakistan drops Kamran, Yousuf for New Zealand tour

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Pakistan left wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Yousuf out of the Twenty20 and Test squads announced on Tuesday for the tour of New Zealand.

Updated: November 30, 2010 14:20 IST
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Pakistan left under-suspicion wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf out of the Twenty20 and Test squads announced on Tuesday for next month's tour of New Zealand.

Shahid Afridi will lead the Twenty20 team while Misbah-ul-Haq was retained as Test captain.

Akmal, who was ruled out of Pakistan's recent series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates after surgery for appendicitis, has been at the centre of match-fixing allegations.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) reportedly issued notice to him regarding Pakistan's controversial defeat against Australia in the Sydney Test in January.

But there were reports in Pakistani media suggesting Akmal, 28, had contacted the ICC regarding his selection and was told that he was cleared for selection.

Yousuf, 36, had to return home after a recurrence of a groin injury earlier this month and although he too was featuring in the domestic matches, selectors left him out.

Also out of the team was former captain Shoaib Malik.

Malik, 28, was also left out of the team against the South African series after performing poorly on the tour of England.

Pakistan plays three Twenty20 matches, two Tests and six one-day internationals. A separate squad for the one-day matches will be announced later.

Twenty20 squad: Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Tanveer Ahmed, Sohail Tanveer, Wahab Riaz (subject to fitness).

Test squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufiq Umer, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Gul, Tanveer Ahmed, Sohail Tanveer, Wahab Riaz.

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