~~Inzy not considered for lack of game practice~~
Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2003, 1:26 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
Pakistan name 16-man squad for England tour
Lahore: Out-of-favour Pakistan cricket star Inzamam-ul-Haq has failed to win back his place for next month's One-day series with England. Inzamam, dumped along with seven other senior players after Pakistan's poor World Cup performance, was excluded from a 16-strong squad named by selectors on Tuesday. Pakistan chief selector Amir Sohail said the 33-year-old veteran - who scored just 19 runs in six innings during the World Cup - still had a future in the international game. "Inzamam was not considered for selection because he has not played cricket recently," Sohail said. "We are aware of his talent and experience and it will only be a matter of time before he is back in the side," he added. Meanwhile all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and opener Taufiq Umer were both axed while Azhar Mahmood was recalled in other changes for the three-match series with England. "Razzaq has struggled with his bowling and looks a bit tired so we have recalled Azhar who has been included considering his excellent form with bat and ball in England," Sohail said. A new-look Pakistan have fared well since the World Cup flop, winning the Sharjah Cup quadrangular last month and finishing runner-up in a tri-series in Sri Lanka. "I am delighted with the form of the young team, they won in Sharjah and finished runners-up in Sri Lanka which proved that we are on the right track of the rebuilding process," said Sohail. Opener Imran Nazir and middle order batsman Misbah-ul-Haq were also recalled at the expense of Taufiq and Faisal Iqbal, nephew of coach Javed Miandad. "Taufiq looked completely out of sorts in Sharjah and needs sorting out of some flaws in technique," the chief selector added. The only uncapped player is all-rounder Bilal Asad. Pakistan will leave for London on June 5 and open the tour with a One-day game against Scotland in Glasgow two days later. They take on England in the first of three Limited Over Internationals at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 17 while the other two matches will be played at The Oval and Lord's in London on June 20 and 22. Pakistan will miss express pacer Shoaib Akhtar in the first match as he serves a two- match suspension on charges of ball tampering handed during a tri-series in Sri Lanka last week.