Sunday 30 March 2008 

Shoaib And Asif Miss Out On Bangladesh Series

The Pakistan selectors have left out strike bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the squad they have picked to play Bangladesh in a series of five One Day Internationals and a Twenty20 International in April.

Shoaib Akhtar was not considered as he is due to face a disciplinary hearing to respond to a number of violations of the players Code of Conduct while Mohammad Asif is still not fully recovered from a long standing elbow injury.

When these players are available to us they would be considered for remaining matches," chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said.

There is a recall for pace bowler Umar Gul, another who has been hit by injuries and Bazid Khan, who last played for Pakistan in May 2005 in the West Indies, has been recalled following strong performances in domestic cricket.

The series, arranged after Australia postponed their tour, gets underway on April 8th, with games taking place in Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad and Multan.

Pakistan: Shoaib Malik (capt), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Younus Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Rao Iftikhar, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Fawad Alam, Bazid Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed.

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