Pakistan in New Zealand 2010-11 January 12, 2011

Kamran, Misbah-ul-Haq in ODI squad to play NZ

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has finally returned to a Pakistan squad, picked on Wednesday for the ODI series against New Zealand. The squad for Pakistan's last assignment before the 2011 World Cup is effectively a shadow squad for the tournament; Akmal changes places with his younger brother Adnan, who misses out.

Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who played only two ODIs last year, against South Africa in the UAE before he was dropped for the final three, also returns. That means no place for the veteran Mohammad Yousuf, who has been effectively dropped from both Test and ODI cricket over the last month or so. His chances of appearing in the World Cup, at this stage, appear slim. Opener Ahmed Shehzad returns to the side, suggesting he is a serious contender for a World Cup berth.

Kamran has not been part of the national side since the summer tour of England and his absence had been surrounded by confusion, which his return does little to clear up. Speculation linking him to the spot-fixing scandal has been rife, but in October he received written clearance from the ICC stating that he had no ongoing cases against him in the ICC.. Since then, he has been scoring heavily on the domestic circuit. However, he was not "given clearance" to play the Tests and Twenty20s in New Zealand by the PCB's integrity committee, which did not provide details about why that decision was taken.

The 19-year-old Shehzad, who made a promising debut last year against Australia in the Middle East, played all three Twenty20 games against New Zealand, scoring 83 runs at an average of 27.66 and a strike-rate of 150.90, with a top score of 54.

Misbah made 14 and 17 in his two ODIs against South Africa and did not feature in the Twenty20 games against New Zealand. Shahid Afridi has been retained as captain. Pakistan will play six one-dayers against the hosts, with the first game taking place in Wellington on January 22.

Pakistan ODI squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Muhammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal (wk), Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Umer Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umer Gul, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanveer, Tanveer Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad

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  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    He is just awesome in middle order line up ..... but no one can understand PCB :(:(

  • Abrar on January 15, 2011, 3:42 GMT

    "IGNORED"??? very bad choice of word for this Great batsman, Media is after PCB, u can tell just by the words !!!

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2011, 23:28 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf should be in ..... need his skill to win WC .... new players are doing well but he is better then Younis Khan / Misbah - Pakistan need in form to win WC ...

    Younis is hopeless in ODI - has ever Younis ever won ODI for Pakistan??? perhaps 6-7 times out of 200 ............ we have to take match winner in good shape and form into WC - Series against NZ is last opportunity!!

  • Steve on January 14, 2011, 22:44 GMT

    Yousuf should finally retire. PCB and team clearly spoke this time that he is no longer required in the team. I think he had his time in Cricket which no longer seems to be his top priority in life.

  • imran on January 14, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    misbah could do well in the odi squad but is more a test player and kamran ..good batsman, but could do some better keeping, still good enough to play... win or lose as long as they play well and do there best

  • Choueb on January 14, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Pakistan has got a good team for the WC but we miss AMIR a lot but sohail tanvir Is a good bowler if he pitch the ball in the good areas Is going to be very tuff for the batsman but in the WC the most important thing Is going to be the batting and fielding not the bowling because we have gul, akhtar ,S tanvir, w riaz, and tanveer ahmed who can swing the ball very Well

  • bharath74 on January 14, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Miandad arguing with Waqar over his duties, will the infighting ever end? when will Pak team and management become stable?????? One step forward and two steps back pretty much has been the story of Pak Cric ever since my childhood. As an cricket lover i would like to see a controversy free management & team.

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    they should have taken Mohammed Yousuf!!!very surprising that a senior and a deserving player wasnt taken in the squad....

  • Mohamed on January 14, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    The squad seems to be ok. But they should include Taufeek instead of shehzad. My first 11 choice would 1. Hafees 2. Kamran 3. Asad shafeek 4. Younis 5. Misbah 6. Afridi 7.Razzak 8. umar Akmal 9. Abdul rahman 10. Wahab riaz 11. Shohail Tanveer. Akhtar and Gul need more practices. these two guys always tend to loose the concentration and recent tours misplaces the length.In my first 11 choice the side opts 3 fast bowlers wahab, tanveer, razzak and 3 spinners rahman, afridi, hafees. Younis can be utilizes as an optional.

  • mohammad on January 14, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    Yusuf is a better player to score runs and yunus is a better fielder, plus some bowling. They should have both in the 50 over games. Against quality bowling new players may not prove very useful. But you need to give them chance too. They should consult Imran for the best combination, but in Pakistan that culture is missing. Afridi is not scoring, so his position will become delicate in the team. Misbah should be the captain in ODI too. Afridi for T20 only. All hope is Kamran Akmal does not drop vital catches, because one drop chance will decide the game. Zulkarnain was better.

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