Controversial batsmen Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal were not named in Pakistan’s 21 member squad for an upcoming training camp. The training camp will serve as a warm-up before the all-important tour of England, which comprises of four test matches first. The 21 members were named recently and consistent performers in the domestic circuit were rewarded for their performances.
Shehzad and Akmal despite doing moderately well in the recently concluded Pakistan Cup faced the axe mainly due to disciplinary issues. The two have been around for quite a few years now, but their inconsistent performances topped with poor attitude has done nothing to help their cause. The newly appointed selection panel headed by former skipper Inzamam Ul Haq was quick to acknowledge that.
Inzamam interacted with the press and justified the selection of veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez despite not being fully fit. “We want Hafeez in the touring Test squad as he is an experienced campaigner but his final selection is subject to fitness,” Haq said. “The report about Yasir is encouraging and he should be fit from his knee problem in 10 days according to the doctors,” Inzamam said about leg-spinner, Yasir Shah.
Despite doing well in limited opportunities, middle order batsman Fawad Alam was once again ignored. “We did consider Alam for the selection, but we have a packed middle order with Younis Khan, Misbah, Asad Shafiq, and we have an option of Iftikhar Ahmed who can bowl off spin from which we can have an edge against left-hand batsmen,” Haq said.
Pakistan squad for training camp:
Muhammad Hafeez, Sami Aslam, Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Ifthikar Ahmed, Asif Zakir, Akbar ur Rehman, Mohammad Aamir, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan, Sohail Khan, Junaid Khan, Ehsan Adil, Yasir Shah, Zulfiqar Babar, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Muhammad Rizwan.