Akmal Dropped As Pakistan Pick Young One-Day Squad
Pakistan have dropped wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and rested a number of players for the limited overs leg of their upcoming tour of the West Indies.
Despite Pakistan's progress to the semi-finals of the World Cup, Akmal had far from an impressive tournament and 29-year-old uncapped 'keeper Mohammad Salman will take his place behind the stumps.
Selector Mohsin Khan told media in Pakistan that Akmal's wicket-keeping was 'not up to the mark' during the World Cup while make them 6/1 chances to win the World Cup in 2015.
Senior players Razzaq, Younus Khan and Umar Gul have also been given a rest as uncapped Usman Salahuddin, Hammad Azam and Aizaz Cheema have been called up.
The two sides play a Twenty20 International on 21st April before a series of five One-Day Internationals and two Tests. The Test squad will be named at a later date.
Salman is a veteran of 103 first-class matches, 76 one-day games and 30 Twenty20 matches, scoring two centuries and nine half-centuries in one-day cricket.
Former Under-19 international Salahuddin has just nine one-day games under his belt and a highest score of 74 not out and has yet to play a Twenty20 International.
All-rounder Hammad Azam, who bowls medium pace and is also a former Under-19 player, has played 21 one-day games, averaging 35.93 with the bat and 47.55 with the ball while medium-fast bowler Aizaz Cheema has played 30 one-day games in a career that began back in 2001/2. He was, however, a member of the Pakistan squad which claimed a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games.
Although left-arm quick Junaid Khan is yet to make an international appearance, he wa a member of Pakistan's World Cup squad, replacing Sohail Tanvir.
Pakistan T20I and ODI squad: Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Taufeeq Umar, Usman Salahuddin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Tanvir Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam, Aizaz Cheema, Mohammad Salman
|21 Apr 2011||Twenty20||West Indies v Pakistan||Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet||IT20|
|23 Apr 2011||1st ODI||West Indies v Pakistan||Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet||ODI|
|25 Apr 2011||2nd ODI||West Indies v Pakistan||Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet||ODI|
|28 Apr 2011||3rd ODI||West Indies v Pakistan||Kensington Oval, Bridgetown||ODI|
|01 May 2011||4th ODI||West Indies v Pakistan||Kensington Oval, Bridgetown||ODI|
|05 May 2011||5th ODI||West Indies v Pakistan||Providence Stadium||ODI|
|12 May 2011||1st Test||West Indies v Pakistan||Providence Stadium||Test|
|20 May 2011||2nd Test||West Indies v Pakistan||Warner Park, Basseterre||Test|
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