Pakistan drop Farhat,Malik for Asia Cup

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 one-day series.

Written by Associated Press | Islamabad | Published: March 4, 2012 1:46 am

Former captain Shoaib Malik was among three players dropped as Pakistan’s new selection committee made major changes on Saturday in naming a 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 one-day series.

“We had just one day to select the squad and we have picked the best possible players,’’ newly appointed chief selector Iqbal Qasim,who replaced Mohammad Ilyas last Thursday,said.

Left-handed Batsman Nasir Jamshed was recalled two and a half years after his most recent international while Sarfraz Ahmed replaced Akmal.

Fast bowler Junaid Khan was ruled out by a knee injury he sustained during the one-dayers against England. Pakistan batsmen struggled against England but the selectors kept faith with Younis Khan,Umar Akmal and all-rounder Shahid Afridi to compete against India,Sri Lanka and the hosts in the Asia Cup.

Australia’s Dav Whatmore has arrived in Pakistan and is expected to be the new coach of the team in place of Mohsin Khan.

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

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