Akram given chance to perform in SA conditions: Bari

Published: Saturday, November 30, 2002, 16:56 [IST]
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Karachi: "We have picked the best side to play a formidable South Africa and Wasim (Akram) has been given a chance to perform in the Tests after considering conditions in South Africa," Pakistan Cricket Board chief selector Wasim Bari told reporters on Friday.

Akram has taken 414 wickets in 104 Test matches, but has played only six Tests for Pakistan in the last two years due to injury. "Anwar has been given the full opportunity to stage a comeback in the side but he did not play in the trial games and would have to prove himself to get into the World Cup side," Bari said on the omission of the left-handed opener. "Our openers Salim Elahi and Taufiq Umer are giving good starts to Pakistan in Zimbabwe so we have continued with them." "We have picked (Rashid) Latif in the One-day side and it's up to the team management in South Africa whether they play him or Kamran Akmal," Bari said. Pakistan, currently playing one-day series in Zimbabwe, will travel to South Africa next week.

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