Pakistan news April 29, 2014

Kamran Akmal, Malik omitted from training camp


Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik have been omitted from a pool of 36 probables who will take part in a month-long summer camp at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore starting on May 6. Pakistan's new selection committee recalled Taufeeq Umar and Yasir Hameed for the camp and the focus is on preparing for upcoming tours and the 2015 World Cup.

The camp will be supervised by the coaching staff of the National Cricket Academy, headed by Mohammad Akram, as the PCB is currently hunting for national coaches. Fast bowler Junaid Khan and offspinner Saeed Ajmal will not attend the camp due to their county commitments in England.

Pakistan are set to play seven Tests, 13 ODIs and two T20s in the next 10 months. However, with the next international series three months away, the PCB was concerned about the long layoff. The gap was originally seven months, before the PCB managed to strike a deal for a short tour of Sri Lanka in August. Pakistan will then host Australia and New Zealand from October to December in the UAE.

"We will have 36 players for the first phase of the training camp," chief selector Moin Khan said at the National Stadium in Karachi. "The World Cup (2015) is the ultimate goal as we have to prepare for that on a day to day basis. We are planning for the whole year so we need players who can survive with their fitness, as it has been a concern. We have to keep a zero tolerance on fitness."

The notable omissions of wicketkeeper Kamran and allrounder Malik were not surprising, after their dismissal performances in the recent World T20 in Bangladesh. Both were selected for the tournament despite being in ordinary form. Kamran managed only 48 runs in four outings while Malik scored only 52 runs in four innings and wasn't used as a bowler. Moin, however, said it wasn't the end of the road for both players.

"The recent performances by Shoaib and Kamran were not satisfactory but the doors aren't shut on them. Given the age factor (as both are 32) we have older players who are fit and performing so there is always a chance for a comeback. They are still in contention and with the upcoming (domestic) season they have to perform well to win back the selectors' faith."

Taufeeq, 32, had been out of contention since pulling out of the South Africa tour last year due to a leg injury. Among the current lot of Pakistan openers, he has the highest average (38.72) after Saeed Anwar (47.10) and has scored more runs than any other opener since 2001. Hameed, 36, made his debut in 2003 and was a regular member of the team for the next four years. He was dropped, then recalled for the tour of England in 2010 before being ignored again.

Openers: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Shan Masood, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Khurram Manzoor, Taufeeq Umar, Sharjeel Khan

Middle order: Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Fawad Alam

Allrounders: Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti

Spinners: Abdur Rehman, Zulfiqar Babar, Raza Hasan, Atif Maqbool, Yasir Shah

Fast bowlers: Umar Gul, Mohammad Talha, Ehsan Adil, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Sami

Wicketkeepers: Adnan Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

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  • Syed on May 4, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Still same problem of selection by seeing the following names: Openers: Yasir Hameed, Middle order: Faisal Iqbal, Wicketkeepers: Adnan Akmal What are the basis of selection of above names why we cannot try young talent in place of above obsolete ones.

  • Aamir on May 2, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    I must say that I am disappointed with this list of 36. The list is missing new names. Almost all of these names look very familiar. I am unable to understand why we are stuck with the Akmals. Muhammad Rizwan is an excellent prospect as a Wicket Keeper and he is never tried. Do we really such a line up of Openers. Why can't we take Inamulhaq and Sami Aslam from under 19. They are such a fine pair. Why are we hesitant to play them saying they are too young. At what age Miandad or Sachin started? Ahmed Shehzad can come one down to strengthen the top order. Besides openers, we also need to look solid middle order batsmen as well. I was expecting much better from the new selection team, it looks like they are carrying our legacy. Najam Sethi needs to do more radical changes in the set up.

  • Imran on May 2, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Good to see taufeeq umar back in there.. He was doing good job as a test opener. Disappointment on not seeing fawad alam, Sami aslam and W/K M Rizwans name not there.. I still believe Nasir Jamshed is better option along with Ahmad Shahzad for limited over than others. M Sami n Faisal Iqbal are waste of space. Spin department looks good but fast bowling all rounder hasn't got much potential. I hope they come up with good combination.

  • Imran on May 2, 2014, 4:41 GMT

    Where is Saeed Ajmal the Jadugar?

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    they should have give a chance to sami aslam

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    They should give Mohammad Rizwan a chance as a wicket keeper batsman. He has a better fc domestic record than Sarfraz and Adnan. List A is also much better than anyone in the domestic circuit.

  • Shaun on May 1, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    i think Pakistan should tour New Zealand and Australia instead of inviting them for a tour that way players can get used to the conditions in Australia and New Zealand before the world cup 2015 and should send different players to play that way can see who performs on bouncy tracks and who does not because if the player does not perform on bouncy pitches do not select them and one player should definitely be not ignored on moving tracks and that is Abdul Razaq as his ball seems in those conditions a lot and he is a deadly batsman as well and send him one or two down in those conditions on regular basis

  • Salman on April 30, 2014, 20:53 GMT

    Get Rid of Adnan & Sarfraz Put some good Wicket Keeeper Batsman ... i blv from Whole Pak we can get atleast one good one :/

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    How disappointing is our fast bowling list....wish to see Aamir in there as well along with Hamad Azam in the all rounders

  • Dummy4 on April 30, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Where is Imran Nazir ???

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