January 26, 2002

Pakistan recall Zahid for Sharjah

Pakistan selectors have recalled fit again fast bowler Muhammad Zahid to replace Wasim Akram in a 15-man squad bound for Test and one-day series against West Indies in Sharjah.

Once rated as one of the fastest bowlers, Zahid last played Test in 1998 against Australia in Peshawar, and his last appearance in one-day international was in 1998 at Toronto, Canada, before a series of injuries forced the speedster of first class cricket for nearly three years.

The lanky paceman made his Test debut in 1997 against New Zealand and was rated by West Indian great Brian Lara as the fastest bowler during a world series tournament in Australia which was won by Pakistan.

Apart from Zahid the only other change from the squad that toured Bangladesh is the return of Shahid Afridi in place of opener Shadab Kabir.

Pakistan teams returns from Dhaka tomorrow (Saturday) before leaving Monday for Sharjah where it plays the first Test against West Indies starting Jan 31.

Squad: Waqar Younis (Captain), Inzamamul Haq (Vice captain), Shahid Afridi, Taufiq Umar, Yousaf Youhana, Younis Khan, Faisal Iqbal, Naveed Latif, Rashid Latif, Shoaib Akhtar, Muhammad Zahid, Muhammad Sami, Saqlain Mushtaq, Danish Kaneria and Abdul Razzak.

Itinerary:

First Test: Jan 31 - Feb 4.

Second Test: Feb 7-11.

First One-day: Feb 13.

Second One-day: Feb 15.

Third One-day: Feb 17.

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