Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat axed for Asia Cup

Updated: 03 March 2012 14:01 IST

Former captain Shoaib Malik was among the three players dropped as Pakistan's new selection committee made major changes on Saturday in naming the squad for this month's Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

Islamabad:

Former captain Shoaib Malik was among the three players dropped as Pakistan's new selection committee made major changes on Saturday in naming the squad for this month's Asia Cup in Bangladesh.

Malik, opening batsman Imran Farhat and wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal were all dropped as the selectors reacted to a 4-0 whitewash by England in last month's ODI series.

Chief selector Iqbal Qasim, who was only appointed last week, said "the best possible" 15-man squad has been picked despite just one day's consultation with captain Misbah-ul-Haq and fellow selectors.

Batsman Nasir Jamshed was recalled two and a half years after his last international outing while Sarfraz Ahmed replaced Akmal.

Fast bowler Junaid Khan was ruled out with a knee injury he sustained during the one-dayers against England.

Squad: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Asad Shafiq, Shahid Afrid, Azhar Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema, Wahab Riaz.

Topics : Cricket Stuart Broad New Zealand Adnan Akmal Pakistan Imran Farhat Bangladesh Shoaib Malik Asia Cup 2012
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