Pakistan names veteran opener Anwar in World Cup squad

Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2002, 20:45 [IST]
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Lahore: Pakistan recalled opener Saeed Anwar in its final 15-man squad for the World Cup in South Africa, chief selector Wasim Bari announced on Tuesday.

Anwar, 34, holds the record for the highest One-day score, 194, and has overcome lack of form and fitness to earn a call up in Pakistan's squad. But there was no place for former captain Moin Khan. Veteran pace bowler Wasim Akram is all set to play his fifth World Cup in a row and has recovered from a finger injury sustained during Pakistan's One-day series in South Africa earlier this month.

Pakistan, world champions in 1992 and runners-up in the last Cup in 1999, are placed in Pool 'A' alongside defending World Champions Australia, England, Zimbabwe, Namibia, India and the Netherlands. Pakistan is expected to leave for South Africa on January 24 and open its Cup campaign with a mouthwatering clash against defending World Champions Australia on February 11 in Johannesburg.

Pakistan: Waqar Younis (captain), Inzamam-ul-Haq (vice captain), Saeed Anwar, Taufiq Umer, Saleem Elahi, Younis Khan, Yousuf Youhana, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Azhar Mahmood, Wasim Akram, Rashid Latif, Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar and Saqlain Mushtaq.

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