Thursday 19 June 2008 

Kamran Akmal Left Out Of Pakistan Asia Cup Squad

Wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal has been left out of Pakistan's 20-man provisional squad for the Asia Cup, which begins on Tuesday.

Akmal has come in for criticism for his recent performances behind the stumps and with the bat, most notably from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Nasim Ashraf, who branded one display 'pathetic'.

Sarfraz Ahmed, who was given an opportunity when Akmal was rested last year against India and also played twice for Zimbabwe earlier this year.

"Kamran remains our number one keeper but we also wanted to give chances to others and we felt Kamran also deserved to take a well deserved rest," chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said.

The Asia Cup will start on June 24th, with Bangladesh taking on the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan playing Hong Kong. Sri Lanka and India are the other participating teams.

The 20-man squad will be trimmed to 15 on June 22nd, two days before the start of the tournament, held in Karachi and Lahore.

Pakistan: Shoaib Malik (Capt), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Asad Rauf, Yasir Hameed, Bazid Khan, Mansoor Amjad, Naumanullah, Saeed Ajmal