Champions Trophy 2013 March 31, 2013

Younis Khan left out of Champions Trophy squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

The limited-overs career of Younis Khan, the senior Pakistan batsman, hangs in the balance after he was left out of a 30-man squad for the Champions Trophy to be held in June. The Pakistan board announced the pool of players unexpectedly early, and there had been speculation over Younis' future after a poor one-day series in South Africa earlier this month.

Younis, 35, was among several Pakistan batsmen who floundered in the series which South Africa won 3-2. Younis collected 116 ODIs runs at 23.20 as Pakistan's fragile batting struggled through much of the tour. He has had a difficult ODI run in recent years - his last century came as long back in 2008, and in three of the previous four years he has averaged less than 25.

The other major exclusion from the squad was of 20-year-old left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, who is looking to make his comeback after suffering a spine injury last December. Hasan had made an impact during the World Twenty20 last year, playing in four matches in that campaign.

The experienced allrounder Abdul Razzaq, who hasn't played an ODI since November 2011 continued to be ignored by the national selectors.

The Champions Trophy features the top eight ODI sides in the world, and is scheduled to be held in England in June. Pakistan are in Group B along with India, South Africa and West Indies. All teams have to announce their preliminary squad for the tournament before April 6.

Squad: Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Ahmed Shehzad, Misbah-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umer Amin, Sohail Tanvir, Hammad Azam, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil, Imran Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Zulfiqar Babar, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan

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  • ahsan on April 6, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    not surprised at all, his average has been less then 25 in odi cricket.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    poor decision to drop a class player like younis, now who will bat at number 3? still i dont see any space for akmals. Hamad azam should play against india in playing 11. i would pick any batsmen but no U akmal

  • Yasin on April 6, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    People those who are in favor of Razaq should know that he is one of those player who was given chance to bat at number three for a significant duration during World Cup 99 and later. The opportunity of bating above Inzmam, yousuf and Ejaz for any batsmen is a dream come true itself i.e. he got it made and he had ample time to cement his place in the team. On the other hand during the 2003 World Cup he dropped Sachin Tendulkar; dropping Tendulkar on that occasion is a crime itself repercussions could have been severe but he survived that too not only that he dropped Tendulker in a casual manner showed he didn't comprehend that it was a highly charged arch rivals India Pakistan World Cup encounter. Definitely he has done good also, for that he got the chances that weigh more than his share of contributions. At any given point and time Hamad Azam is far better selection he has ample energy and fighting sprit to become consistent member and can serve Pakistan for years to come.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    No younus no wishes""""""""

  • Azim on April 3, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    @Sports4Youth: Average is not the ONLY criteria to select players this is how simple it is! Age facter, potential, match fitness, hard work i.e. visible among selectors with performance, how much cricket left in a player? Here is another example if it make sense to you; In the 70s when Iqbal Qasim current selector was 1st choice spinner Amin Lakhani made hat-trick in first inning and took four wickets in the 2nd inning against very strong Indian batting line at Multan; this is the best performance and average one can ever imagine. Did PCB drop Iqbal Qasim? What does it proves, it proves that average is not the ONLY criteria to select a player!

  • shehzad on April 3, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    where is raza hassan??? atleast he shud b in 30 members list

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    mansoor . and razak they should be inn.......

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Three players should be in the. Squad Muhammad semi Abdul razzaq and raza hazzan selectors should Give reasons of their ommission specially raza hassan he should be in the team sorry selectors you are making damn decisions

  • zaf on April 3, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    There is no doubt Younis and Misbah are great players, but they should plays TEST only

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Playing 11 should be:

    Hafeez K. Akmal Nasir Jamshed (I think he is better at one down then opening) Misbah Asad Umer Akmal Hammad A/Shahid A Umer Gul (he always does well in English conditions - remember the last time) Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan Muhammad Irfan

    Back ups: Ahmed Shahzad (if the openers fail, he can be a good inclusion and then exclude Asad Shafiq) Haris Sohail Manzoor Ajmad (did very well domestically as an all rounder) Wahad Riaz Rahat Ali/Sadaf Hussain (Rahat Ali was impressive in second test and improved quickly - I think he can do well in the long run because he can swign the ball both ways at good pace).