Afridi, Shehzad, Akmal axed from probables for England tour: Inzamam-ul-Haq, the new chief selector of Pakistan Cricket Board, has effected some interesting changes. Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal has been axed from the list of 35 players, who will be a part of a training camp ahead of the England tour in July and August. The trio had been a major point of contention in the former coach Waqar Younis” harsh report after Pakistan”s disastrous exit from the World T20.
Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, who recently resigned as Afghanistan coach to head the PCB selection committee, announced a list of 35 players for a training camp in Kabul in Abbottabad in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province for a period of 20 days in May last. Pakistan will play four Tests, five one-day internationals and one T20I match.
Inzamam-ul-Haq: “Shehzad and Umar don’t have enough performances and lack discipline. Wherever there will be a disciplinary problem, we will take a step. And you should expect this selection committee to be a little stern on discipline.”
“Since we are playing only four Twenty20 matches this year we want to give new players a chance. We are looking at building a new team for the T20 format but Shahid will be considered later on if necessary.”
Full list of probables: Mohammad Hafeez, Sami Aslam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Azhar Ali, Sharjeel Khan, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Khalid Latif, Fawad Alam, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Asif Zakir, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Adnan Akmal, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Mohammad Asgher, Imad Wasim, Bilal Asif, Zohaib Khan.