Monday 21 November 2011 

Mohammad Talha Called Up For Bangladesh Tour

Mohammad Talha Called Up For Bangladesh Tour
Mohammad Talha Called Up For Bangladesh Tour
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Fast bowler Wahab Riaz has been left out of Pakistan's Test squad to tour Bangladesh and has been replaced by Mohammad Talha.

Riaz, along with discarded wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, was one of the players mentioned during the recent spot-fixing trial that saw Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt handed custodial sentences for their part in a spot-fixing plot.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have refused to comment on the spot-fixing case as a reason for Riaz's omission but Reuters have quoted a PCB source as confirming that the board has decided not to pick any players linked to the trial.

Talha's one and only Test appearance to date came against Sri Lanka in Lahore in 2009 - that was abandoned after the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorists -  while the selectors have named an unchanged One-Day International squad.

Talha has taken 20 first-class wickets at 22.45 this season with two five-wicket hauls to his name.

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a keenly-contested Test series in the United Arab Emirates and they have also clinched the One-Day International series that followed. Riaz did not feature in any matches.

The tour begins with a Twenty20 International on 29th November before the two sides also play three ODIs and two Tests.

Pakistan Test squad: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farha, Shahid Afridi, Younus Khan, Umar Akm, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Gul, Aizaz Cheema, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Abdul Razzaq, Asad Shafiq

Pakistan One-Day International squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal,, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Younus Khan, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Umar Gul

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