Sunday 13 January 2008 

No Shoaib Akhtar Or Umar Gul For Zimbabwe One-Dayers

Pakistan have left fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul out of their squad to take on Zimbabwe in a series of five one-day internationals that begin on January 21st.

21 players have been invited to a conditioning camp in Lahore which starts on January 15th.

"They will not be considered for the one-dayers against Zimbabwe because they have to prove their match fitness," chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said.

Both Akhtar and Gul struggled for fitness during the recent one-day and Test series against India.

Meanwhile, a number of young players have been invited to the camp with senior players Yasir Hameed, Faisal Iqbal, Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Sami and Shahid Afridi amongst those names not present.

Pakistan preliminary squad: Shoaib Malik (captain), Salman Butt, Shadab Kabir, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Naveed Latif, Kamran Akmal, M. Salman Ahmed, Rao Iftikhar, Sohail Tanvir, Yasir Arafat, Mansoor Amjad, Abdur Rauf, Rauf Akbar, Junaid Zia, Wahab Riaz, Anwar Ali, Tahir Khan, Saeed Ajmal.