Thatscricket - News - Pak selectors drop Waqar, Latif and Afridi

Published: Sunday, February 8, 2004, 16:32 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan overlooked former skippers Waqar Younis, Rashid Latif and all-rounder Shahid Afridi as the selectors announced 22 probables for the upcoming series against India.

But the chief selector said on Saturday the door was not completely shut to former players.

"Since the series against India is very special any good performer in the domestic competition can break into the team," chief selector Wasim Bari told. The probables will attend training camp from February 24.

Bari said selectors will announce the team for the three-day Indian opener by the end of this month and the 14-man team for the first Test on March 8.

India is set to tour Pakistan in March-April for three Tests, five One-day games and a three-day side game, their first tour of Pakistan for 14 years.

The final tour itinerary would not be announced until a three-member Indian delegation assesses security arrangements in Pakistan next week, but a tentative programme suggests the first Test will start in Lahore from March 11.

Bari said serious selection is needed for the Indian series. "The series between Pakistan and India is always special and now the Indian team is coming after a long time and with tails up after their Australian tour. We need to extra serious in selection," said Bari, a former captain.

India is currently playing a tri-series finals against Australia after squaring a Test series 1-1.

Bari said Waqar and other players can stage a comeback by giving good performances in the next week's Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, a domestic tournament. Waqar vowed to stage a comeback for the Indian series after being overlooked since World Cup last year when under his captainship Pakistan failed to progress beyond the first round.

Pacer Rao Iftikhar and batsman Bazid Khan, son of former captain Majid Khan, are the only uncapped players in the probables list.

All-rounder Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan took 42 wickets in the recently concluded first class tournament while Iftikhar has been included after he grabbed 41 wickets.

Kabir, who played his first Test in 1996 and two in early 2002 on Pakistans tour to Bangladesh, scored 426 runs at 60.85 with a century and two half-centuries to stage a comeback.

Probables: Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Asim Kamal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Bazid Khan, Faisal Iqbal, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Saqlain Mushtaq, Danish Kaneria, Moin Khan (wicketkeeper), Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed, Umar Gul, Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan, Rao Iftikhar, Shadab Kabir

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