Akram named in probables for NZ series

Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2001, 2:37 [IST]
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Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday retained former captain Wasim Akram in a pool of 23 players to train for the upcoming home series against New Zealand.
 "Pakistan's camp for the series against New Zealand will be held from September 6-15 in Lahore and our panel of selectors have finalised 23 players for the training camp," PCB media manager Khalid Butt told AFP. Akram, who has taken a record number of wickets for Pakistan, was earlier left out of the 27 probables for the camp for the Asian Test championship (ATC) but was included later in the final eleven against Bangladesh at Multan in August. The 35-year-old, who has taken 419 wickets in 103 Tests and 440 in One-day Internationals, failed to take any wickets in his 19 overs as Pakistan crushed Bangladesh by an innings and 264 runs. However, captain Waqar Younis has reportedly backed Akram's inclusion in the camp despite the long-running rivalry between the two pace bowlers. New Zealand arrive in Pakistan on September 14 to play three One-day Internationals and as many Tests. The first of three One-day Internationals will be played in Karachi on September 19 while the other matches will be held in Lahore on September 22 and Rawalpindi on September 25. Pakistan will miss key batsman Inzamam-ul Haq in the first two games as he is under suspension from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for showing dissent over an umpiring decision in the final of the tri-series against Australia at Lord's on June 23. Pace bowler Mohammad Zahid is set to stage a comeback in international cricket after being sidelined for three years due to severe back trouble. Zahid, 25, made a sensational entry into Test cricket by taking 11 wickets at Rawalpindi when New Zealand last toured Pakistan in 1996-97. He was also contracted by English county Nottinghamshire in 1997. Zahid failed to play for the county due to back problem and played the last of his four Tests for Pakistan at Peshawar against Australia in 1998-99, the Test that featured Mark Taylor's epic 334 not out. Camp probables: Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul Haq, Saeed Anwar, Taufiq Umer, Imran Nazir, Faisal Iqbal, Shahid Afridi, Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan, Naveed Latif, Abdur Razzaq, Azhar Mahmood, Rashid Latif, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Irfan Fazil, Danish Kaneria, Shabbir Ahmed, Mohammad Zahid, Shoaib Malik, Rana Naveed, Shoaib Akhtar and Atiquz Zaman.

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