Pakistan in Zimbabwe 2013 August 6, 2013

Jamshed, Irfan left out of Pakistan Test squad

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Pakistan have left out Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Irfan from the 15-member Test squad for the tour of Zimbabwe. The other players to miss out from the squad that played in South Africa in February are batsman Haris Sohail, wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, batsman Taufeeq Umar and fast bowler Umar Gul, who is out due to injury. They have been replaced by fast bowlers Wahab Riaz and Rahat Ali, along with batsman Imran Farhat (who was not part of the original Test squad in South Africa), batsman Khurram Manzoor and wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal.

Pakistan announced their ODI and T20 squads too, selected by a three-man selection committee contracted to the PCB, but without a chief selector. The announcement was made via a press release without any explanations on the reasons for the changes in the squads, though ESPNcricinfo understands that Irfan has been temporarily relieved from the longer-format, while Jamshed has been restricted to the limited-overs squad to allow 27-year-old Manzoor to assume the opening slot. Manzoor last played for Pakistan during their 2010 tour of Australia.

Irfan's fitness has been a crucial factor in his cricketing life thus far, with concerns over his ability to bowl long spells. He is the tallest cricketer ever to play Test cricket at 7'1", and has played for Pakistan since their December 2012 tour of India. He was retained for both limited-overs squads, besides the three fast bowlers - Junaid Khan, Asad Ali and Anwar Ali. Sarfraz Ahmed, who was part of Pakistan's previous Test squad, lost his spot to Adnan Akmal. Sarfraz was decent behind the stumps, but averaged 13.83 with the bat in three Test matches against South Africa.

Wahab Riaz, who played four ODIs during the recent tour of West Indies, managed to take only two wickets and was subsequently dropped from the one-day and T20 squads, with Anwar Ali replacing him in both formats. Peshawar batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who was also part of the squad in the West Indies, has been left out because of his inclusion in the Pakistan Under-23 squad.

The selectors also recruited a new batsman, Multan-born Sohaib Maqsood, for the Twenty20 squad. Maqsood finished as one of the leading runs scorers in the President's One-day Cup, where he scored 427 runs at 71.60. He also scored 402 runs at 50.25 in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy, and was the top-scorer for WAPDA in the President's Trophy, finishing with 618 runs at 41.20. Anwar Ali, who first gained recognition with his swing bowling during the 2006 Under-19 World Cup, has only played one T20 International against Zimbabwe in 2008.

Moin Khan, whose appointment as chief selector was ruled out by the Islamabad High Court two weeks ago, has been named team manager for the tour. Fast bowling coach Mohammad Akram has also been asked to continue despite his contract running out in the middle of August.

Test squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Asad Shafiq, Khurram Manzoor, Adnan Akmal (wk), Faisal Iqbal, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil

ODI squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Abdul Rehman, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail

T20 squad: Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • jack500197 on August 13, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    I am glad Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi are in the ODI and T-20 squad. They bring in positive energy which is very important to the Pakistan cricket team. Giving Anwar Ali an opportunity in the ODI and T-20 is an excellent idea. Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal might be in the test squad but they don't have to play, in fact, I request Pakistan selectors to not make them play. As far as Misbah being the captain for the test series is inevitable because we don't have a replacement, Hafeez cannot do the job. However, we need to work on a replacement because he can probably play another couple of years. He is very calm and an excellent captain.Remember Imran khan played at 40 and with his leadership and support of his team won the world cup. We are missing Abdul Razzak, please bring him in the team. He is an extremely talented all rounder and will be an amazing asset to the present and future of pakistan cricket. It is probably a good idea for Hafeez to not play test and focus on ODI and T-20.

  • Aura123 on August 12, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    Agree with Umar Riaz below *** SELECTED *** FAISAL IQBAL: Batting avg of 26 in 26 test since 2001 and only one hundred. M HAFEEZ: Scored 30 run in 3 test 6 innings against SA in last series. Flawed batting technique to become an opener at Test level. IMRAN FARHAT: Failed in almost every series in recent years is being selected again and again and a worst fielder. YOUNIS KHAN: Was a star batman once but his time is over. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe MISBAH UL HAQ: Great Test batsman but is age 39. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe* NOT SELECTED * UMAR AKMAL: I think the most talented batman in Pakistan since Javed Miandad. He had proved that in last series against WI while batting low down at #6. Scored with avg of 50+ & strike rate of 100+ both in ODI and T20. UMAR AMIN: had excellent domestic season. Played an excellent in the only opportunity given in WI tour. HARIS SOHAIL: young & best batman in domest Safarish sys

  • asad501 on August 12, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    i wish Pakistan had chosen a better squad the playing 11, for the test matches should have been like this taufeeq umar nasir jamshed khurram manzoor umer amin misbahh ul haq adnan akmal mohaammad hafeez wahab riaz saeed ajmal junaid khan mohammad irfan

  • dummy4fb on August 12, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Pakistan feed youngsters against England , SA, Australia and other big teams just to show how poor they are .. they get chances for one tour and thats it. Hafeez occupied the position of batsman but failed everytime and tried to prove himself good with the ball. Misbah will be 41 by the 2015 worldcup but he is selfish enough to lead the team even against Zimbabwae, Imran Farhat married a daughter of some high-up in PCB , everybody knows. Who cares, its PCB, governed by Sethi :P Teams who are looking forward to 2015 Wcup have defined their strategies. look at Strauss he is now sitting in the commentry box with old chaps but we just have Misbah & Hafeez , otherwise we'll lose every single match :P its not strange , its funny

  • FourthStump on August 11, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    To be successful in bringing in new players you must back them in all formats for a fair amount of time. The likes of Kohli, Raina, Sharma are not dropped for new faces each series or just told to be ODI players.

    In the West Indies we picked Nasir Jamshed, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal and Haris Sohail. They showed promise so if these are the best we have then we need to back them for 12 months across all formats.

    This selection is a joke. I feel for Misbah and Dav how can you run a successful team when the PCB hierarchy are so incompetent. The Zimbabwe Series should be used to develop our young players not hand out extra test caps as favours to old failures like Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat.

  • dummy4fb on August 11, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    we should learn from india they tested so many youngsters and they rose to the occasion . if not much 4,5 young faces should have been in squad .we have shehzad, umar amin, haris who hopefully get chances.like rahane rayudu unadkat, mishra got.

  • Needii on August 9, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    a golden opportunity is wasted by selectors to get some new talent... players performing superbly in domestic circuit are not getting chances.. disappointed to see this..

  • dummy4fb on August 9, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Nasir, Shahzad Ahmad, Umar Amin, Harris Sohail, Umar Akmal Misbah, Adnan, Junaid, Rahat, Anwar Rehman ... should have been playing XI,

  • dummy4fb on August 9, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    *** SELECTED *** FAISAL IQBAL: Batting avg of 26 in 26 test since 2001 and only one hundred. M HAFEEZ: Scored 30 run in 3 test 6 innings against SA in last series. Flawed batting technique to become an opener at Test level. IMRAN FARHAT: Failed in almost every series in recent years is being selected again and again and a worst fielder. YOUNIS KHAN: Was a star batman once but his time is over. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe MISBAH UL HAQ: Great Test batsman but is age 39. A youngster should be given a chance against a team like Zimbabwe

    *** NOT SELECTED *** UMAR AKMAL: I think the most talented batman in Pakistan since Javed Miandad. He had proved that in last series against WI while batting low down at #6. Scored with avg of 50+ & strike rate of 100+ both in ODI and T20. UMAR AMIN: had excellent domestic season. Played an excellent in the only opportunity given in WI tour. HARIS SOHAIL: young & best batman in domestic circuit

  • dummy4fb on August 9, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Where is taufeeq umer??? Why Imran Farhat is back in squad. He has no performance in international or domestic in recent past.