Islamabad:Pakistan have retained the ODI squad picked for the tour of New Zealand for the World Cup next month, with the exception of fast bowler Tanvir Ahmed. However, they haven't yet named a captain or a vice-captain for the tournament.
Mohammad Yousuf, who represented Pakistan in the ODI series against South Africa in November, despite speculation of a possible return to the international fold, was ignored.
Kamran Akmal, who returns for the ODIs against New Zealand, is the first-choice wicketkeeper while Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul and left-arm seamers Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir form the pace attack.
Abdur Rehman, the left-arm spinner, who was Man of the Match in the first Test against New Zealand in Hamilton, has been picked alongside offspinner Saeed Ajmal. Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad are opening options, while Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi add experience to the batting. Middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq, who has done well in the five-day version, has also been retained.
Ahmed had a good first Test in Hamilton, picking up four wickets in the first innings, but Pakistan chose to go in with two left-arm pace options. The six-match ODI series that starts on January 22 will be an ideal opportunity for Pakistan to test its World Cup squad, though in significantly different conditions.
Squad: Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal (wk), Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Ahmed Shehzad