Pakistan drops Akram from ATC final squad
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan left out veteran pacer Wasim Akram from its squad of 14 for the second Asian Test Championship final against Sri Lanka, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Tuesday. The final will be played in Lahore from March 6 to 10. Akram, who recorded two hat tricks in the first Asian Test Championship and led Pakistan to the title in 1999, has been struggling for fitness. Akram, 35, missed Pakistan's two-match Test series against the West Indians in Sharjah earlier in February after injuring his hamstring in Bangladesh in January. He was played in only one of the three one-day games against the West Indies, taking only one wicket. Akram left for India on Monday night to appear in a television show. The Championship, which decides the best Test team of Asia, lost its sheen after India pulled out in September 2001, protesting Pakistani policy toward Indian- administered Kashmir. The South Asian nuclear rivals last met on cricket fields during the Asia Cup in Dhaka in June two years ago. Their Under-19 teams, however, met in the league game in the recently concluded Junior World Cup in New Zealand. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka thrashed Bangladesh by an innings margin in the Asian Championship in 2001 and mutually agreed to abandon the meaningless league game to directly play the final. Sri Lanka, having already announced its squad, will arrive on March 3. Pakistan won the first Asian Championship in 1999, also participated by India. Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the final at Dhaka.