February 10, 2000

Pakistan team for first One-Day International with Sri Lanka

Pakistan Cricket Board Press Release

The Pakistan Cricket Board's Advisory Board has, in consensus announced the Pakistan Cricket Team for the First One Day International scheduled to be played on February 13, 2000 at National Stadium, Karachi.

Saeed Anwar (Captain), Aamer Sohail, Younis Khan, Yousuf Youhana, Imran Abbas, Moin Khan, Abdur Razzaq, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Zahid Saeed, Yasir Arafat, Shoaib Malik, Faisal Iqbal, Imran Nazir, Shahid Nazir.

Wasim Akram has voluntarily decided to step down as captain of Pakistan Cricket due to his family obligations and to concentrate more towards his increasing domestic commitments. He considers it as his privilege and an honour to represent Pakistan and will be available as an ordinary member for the forthcoming series and more.

He aspires to reach his cricketing zenith by breaking the world test record for maximum wickets and enjoys full support of the cricket management in Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board fully respects his commitment and aspirations. Pakistan Cricket Board, with an eye for the future has attempted at providing blend of youth and experience and the announced team depicts the constructive idea.

Some of the senior players those toured Australia recently have been rested but PCB management assures they will be duly considered for the future commitments as required.

Shoaib Akhtar has not been included on the team for the 1st one-day international primarily on disciplinary reasons and will certainly be considered for the rest of the series.

Whilst the Pakistan Cricket Board Management, respects and supports every national cricketer, it expects them to serve with distinction and as true ambassadors of Pakistan, maintaining players' code of conduct.