Pak drops Afridi, Younis Khan from Test team

Published: Thursday, March 25, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Opener Shahid Afridi and middle-order batsman Younis Khan were on Thursday dropped while leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was included for the historic three-Test series against India starting in Multan on Sunday.

The 16-member squad announced by chief selector Wasim Bari retained off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq who was part of the 15-member One-day squad but did not play in any of the five matches of the series won 3-2 by India in Lahore on Wednesday night.

Besides Afridi and Younis Khan, Rana-Naveed-ul Hasan was also left out as the selectors opted to go in for specialist bowlers in Kaneria and Umar Gul and middle-order batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Asim Kamal.

"We have given the team enough options for Test matches," Bari said.

India are yet to win a Test match in Pakistan ever since their first tour of the country in 1978-79.

Squad: Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Abdul Razzaq, Moin Khan, Shoaib Malik, Asim Kamal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Danish Kaneria, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed, Umar Gul.

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