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Younis, Gul dropped from ODI squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 13, 2012

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Umar Gul stretches during a training session, Galle, June 21, 2012
Umar Gul was left out of the one-dayers, despite being named in the T20 squad © AFP

Squad for ODIs against Australia

  • Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali
  • In: Anwar Ali, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan
  • Out: Mohammad Sami, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Younis Khan, Umar Gul

Pakistan have dropped seniors Younis Khan and Umar Gul from the one-day squad for the three-match series against Australia in the UAE later this month. Kamran Akmal, who was recalled for the Twenty20s, also made it to the one-day leg of the tour and the other notable inclusion is Junaid Khan, the left-arm fast bowler who had an impressive Test series in Sri Lanka recently. Anwar Ali, the fast bowler who has played one Twenty20 international back in 2008, is the only relatively new face in the team.

Gul, Pakistan's strike seam bowler, was selected for the Twenty20s but ignored for the ODIs. He had a disappointing tour of Sri Lanka, taking only four wickets in five games. Younis was out of sorts throughout the series, scoring just five runs in four games.

Iqbal Qasim, Pakistan's chief selector, said both were dropped for the sake of rest.

"For a while Gul and Younis have been struggling and they have been dropped only to give them a break," Qasim told ESPNcricinfo. "Both have contributed a lot for Pakistan and we need them to be fresh ahead of the busy schedule. They desperately need a break to mange their workload."

The selectors also ignored the unpredictable seamer Mohammad Sami, who played two one-dayers but was expensive in the fifth match in Colombo, leaking 75 runs in a thrilling encounter. Rahat Ali, the rookie left-arm seamer, was also left out after getting just one opportunity.

"The selectors have decided to drop Rahat Ali, who needs more grooming and he is a future prospect, while Anwar Ali has been in the pipeline for quite a long time," Qasim said. "He has been included to get some confidence and much-needed exposure."

The allrounder Shoaib Malik also gets a recall, after being ignored for the one-dayers in Sri Lanka. Malik played an ODI in February this year against England. Kamran Akmal's inclusion was on expected lines after he was named in the Twenty20 squad for the UAE tour and the World Twenty20 next month in Sri Lanka. He last played an ODI during the 2011 World Cup. Pakistan selected three wicketkeepers - one for each format - in Sri Lanka, picking Shakeel Ansar and Sarfraz Ahmed for the Twenty20s and ODIs respectively. Both were left out in favour of Akmal.

"Akmal is our first-choice as wicketkeeper-batsman for limited-overs cricket mainly because of his assured batting skills," Qasim said. "So drafting him in the ODI squad could help him gain more confidence ahead of the World T20."

Anwar made a name for himself during Pakistan's successful Under-19 World Cup campaign in Sri Lanka in 2006. He went wicketless in his only opportunity for Pakistan, against Zimbabwe in Canada. He is also a handy lower-order batsman, with a first-class century to his name.

However, the squad lacks an experienced seamer, with Abdul Razzaq too missing out, despite making the Twenty20 squad. Hammad Azam, rated highly by the likes of Ramiz Raja (the former Pakistan captain) as an allrounder with potential, was ignored yet again.

"Pakistan have been relying more on spin bowling, and in view of the pitches and conditions in the UAE, the onus will be on spinners," Qasim said.

Additional reporting by Umar Farooq


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Posted by Ninad on (August 16, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

@Sinhaya: That proves that SL need helpof other teams to qualify for finals of trinations. Whenever SL plays India in bilaterals, they go down worse than Bangladesh/Zimbabwe. Just imagine what will happen when Sanga-Jaya retire. Even Ireland will come and beat you. HA!!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (August 16, 2012, 1:24 GMT)


Posted by Dummy4 on (August 15, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

hmm...I wonder if Pakistan Umpires Alim Dar and especially Asad Rauf haha...will be officiating in those matches considering how busy the schedules are :)

Posted by Joe on (August 15, 2012, 22:06 GMT)

Australia will win this comfortably mind you this is a Pakistan team that has never ever won a series in Australia so I think Australia will show the Pakistanis how its really done. I don't understand why Pakistan are still allowed to play Cricket I mean if they're not going to hold International matches again they should remove themselves from all forms. Just look at our England team, I admit we're not currently on top as of yet but we have been constantly within the top in all formats and held the Number 1 ranking in Test Cricket for over a year something Pakistan can only dream off :D

Posted by uzma on (August 15, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

i will miss younis in the slips as well, his smile and constant chewing on his gum but v need 2 groom in young players for the future. and for gul well the guy needs to sit on the side lines for a bit as he has not been performing well and give a chance 2 new guys.

Posted by Dummy4 on (August 15, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Shoaib Malik's inclusion and Hammad Azam denied is a great set back for PAKISTAN CRICKET. I hope shoaib malik will prove he is not worth PAKISTAN team.

Posted by Muhammad on (August 15, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

Younis Khan is out, but what is the use of Misbah?

Posted by private1 on (August 15, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

There is an anonymous post by someone below who said "Now Australia will win this series", I presume this is because I and many others have listed Pak achievements and suggested that Pak will win the series. This is the sort of optimistic fan I have to put up with in my own brother. For the person who posted the comment and my brother I say this, in any competitive sport there is the opportunity to win and lose. At the outset you have to believe you are going to win, otherwise there is no point in playing. The "taking part" balderdash does not work in competitive sport.

Posted by Kamal on (August 15, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

An interesting article by Basit Ali - http://www.cricket365.co.uk/pakistan/story/7990317/-Dropping-Younis-unintelligent- I can understand why Younis has been dropped based on his performance in ODi's in UAE earlier this year, but he and the team as a whole had all the rough end of bad umpiring decisions in SL recently. Pak would not have lost the first test if DRS had been in place and possibly even had won it. Younis in particular had 4 very poor decisons. As for Sami in the T20 side, he had one good game in SL - the first T20 where there were helpful conditions but was poor the rest of the series. The omission of Junaid for T20 WC is a major blunder. Yasir Arafat has not performed at the internation level for many years. Sohail Tanvir has also not performed aswell following his injury. I can see an "injury" happening and one or two tweaks to the squad prior to or even before the WC.

Posted by shahnoor on (August 15, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

happy to see anwar ali back into a team

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