Pakistan in India 2012-13 December 10, 2012

Shahid Afridi cut from ODI squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, has been dropped from the one-day squad for the tour of India in December, one of six changes made to the team that lost 1-2 to Australia in the UAE in August and September. Afridi retained his spot in Pakistan's Twenty20 squad, which also had six changes made to the outfit that went to Sri Lanka for the World Twenty20.

Apart from Afridi, the players cut from the ODI squad that went to the UAE were: left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, fast bowlers Aizaz Cheema and Sohail Tanvir, and allrounder Shoaib Malik. Asad Shafiq was also left out because of injury.

They were replaced by Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, and Zulfiqar Babar. Younis and Gul were making comebacks after being axed for the series against Australia. Fast bowler Riaz was returning to the squad after last playing in the Asia Cup in March, while batsman Sohail and left-arm spinner Babar received their maiden call-ups to the one-day squad.

"Dropping Afridi was a difficult decision," Pakistan's chief selector Iqbal Qasim said at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. "He is no doubt a great player and has the ability to win a game, but the decision has been taken in the interest of the team. We did retain him in the T20 squad and if he performs well he can win back his ODI place in the future. Meanwhile, we are looking for a youngster as Afridi's replacement and I am sure we will find the right man soon from the domestic circuit."

Pakistan lost the World Twenty20 semi-final to Sri Lanka and from that squad allrounders Abdul Razzaq and Yasir Arafat, and opening batsman Imran Nazir were left out. Shafiq and left-arm spinner Raza Hasan were injured.

Fast bowler Junaid Khan , who was a surprising omission from the World T20 campaign, returned to the squad, and Ahmed Shehzad, Babar, Asad Ali , seven-foot tall Mohammad Irfan and Umar Amin were the other inclusions.

Irfan had been selected in 2010 for an ODI series against England, but conceded 37 and 40 in first two matches and was dropped for the rest of the series. He has been on the domestic circuit since then and in this season's President's Trophy, he took 27 wickets in eight matches. He also took 11 wickets in the Faysal Bank T-20. He has been preferred ahead of Under-19 fast bowler Ehsan Adil, who was the second highest wicket-taker in the President's Trophy after Babar, with 53 wickets. Adil also took 10 wickets in four domestic T20 matches.

"Irfan is a surprise package," Qasim said, while explaining why Irfan was preferred over other notable performers. "Nobody is discouraged, I know we have Ehsan Adil and Imran Khan on the bench waiting for the call but they will be considered soon. They are our future prospects. Irfan currently is in good form and he has the height advantage and could be our surprise package. I am sure he will live up to our expectations and will perform very well."

"India's performance against England hasn't been good and their chips are down. Compared to our side, they have always relied heavily on their batsman and we were more effective with the ball. So, we have selected a balanced mix with the consensus of both the captains and the coach. We have always beaten them when we are consistent with the batting, with bowling as an advantage, so I hope these teams will have good results on the tour."

Pakistan are scheduled to play two Twenty20 internationals and three ODIs in India from December 25 to January 6. The players will assemble for a seven-day camp in Lahore between December 14 and 22 before leaving for India on December 22.

ODI squad: Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar.

Twenty20 squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Asad Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Ahmed Shehzad.

Additional reporting by Umar Farooq, ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    its too bad to watch yunas khan , suhail tanveer again and again. they both r 3rd clas international performerce. why u r nt giving chance to asad shafiq? i hve watch umer amin as a player. he dnt even know how to pick a bat properly. pakstan has given him chances already in test series and he dnt even touch any single bol. gr8 to c the sifarshi people......

  • Syed on December 13, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Why Imran Farhat in the One Day Squared? What is going in Pakistan selection process. Is there any working for Farhat selection? How many times he will be given a chance and how many time he will failure. Why Fawal Alam have been ignored?

  • Arif on December 13, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Too bad.. Raza hassan is injured.Instead of Irfan he could have been Pak's surpise package.In absence of Afridi (Which is good) all our spin attack will be depending on Ajmal & Hafeez.I think if Raza hassan is given chances with Saeed ajmal in every format,then I think in a very short time this spin dou can become a really formidable weapon in Pakistan's bowling Attack.

  • martin on December 12, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Misbah, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Gul also Riaz are all making the headlines for the wrong reasons. Both Akmal resposible for dropping the run rates esprecially in the power play, whereas all other teams in the world accelerate. What a JOKE that is.

    Nobody has ever talked about Sharjeel Khan, Sadaf Hussain, Kashif Khatti and then call, because everbody does, Umar Akmal talent.

    ODI TEAM: (1) Muhammad Yousuf (c) [79 50+ scores, in prime form], (2) Azhar Ali (3) Fawad Alam [Fc avg pends between avg. 58-55, better than Sachin Tendulkars] (4) Sharjeel Khan [LA SR 109.82 (while avg 43.31), FC SR 77.97, LHB] (5) Nasir Jamshed [ODI avg 42 and SR (94-100) not dipping as opener] (6) Umar Amin [new allrounder, smashed 281 of 397 vs HBL and took the sole two wickets in the 2nd innings] (7) Zulqarnain Haider (wk) [safest hands in Pak, longest reach as keeper] (8) Saeed Ajmal (9) Zulfiqar Babar (next Ajmal?) (10) Aizaz Cheema [best avg´s among current quicks] (11) M. Ifran

  • Jo on December 12, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    UMAR AKMAL needs to Step Up right now because its been a while we all keep hearing He's Great Talent with Potential,Technique etc etc. but not to be He is not able to fulfill that promise and its been 3 years since he debut........... His Batting psoition is not right in this Pak team he should be tried at # 4 if Team wants him to become Solid batsman like Inzi or Yousaf in the Midlle Order which looks Fragile at the moment........I feel his Temperament is not right because just when it looks like he's settled for a big one he loses it ! I feel he's tried hard to get the attention of the crowd may be he wants to become another Afridi and by saying that I did not mean follow his Batting Style lol just the Stardom or Fan following !

  • Mohammad on December 12, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    To all of those that seem to be in dismay that Afridi is being dropped shows the denial that you all live in and need to maturely let go of it. People are defending him with cliches that have been absent for the past year. It is laughable to see Afridi supporters desperately clinging to him when he has contributed so little. And a year is ample time for a person of his caliber to get back in to groove. I am sorry but if he cannot display the slightest bit of improvement and his performance is dipping constantly, than why ask for him? Why not allow the upcoming generations to fill in the gap. There is a bit of conflict of interest amongst us Pakistani supporters. We are confused on what we want. We want to win yet keep under-performing pathetic players like him on squad? A bit puzzling if you ask me. Everyone must MOVE PAST HIM!

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    A step in the right direction... at last! :)

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    hey ! in these important matches Afridi must be there, plz remove Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Anwar Ali, Zulfiqar Babar and we need imran nazir, abdull razaq. i know imran nazir and abdull razaq are fit but the .........

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Awais Zia, Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Hammad Azam, Raza Hasan, Junaid Khan, Umer Akmal

    These r the 7 players who should always be the part of T20 11 of Pakistan as these 7 players can win the game on their on, and if 2 or 3 amongst them clicks, then they can easily take away the game from any side..and on the top, all of them have atleast YEARS OF CRICKET in them !

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Oh.....No I shoked .....Afridi is no in sqad again India ........well Afrdi is best bowler/filder/bastman.

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