Seasoned Moin overlooked for Australia tour

Published: Tuesday, November 16, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Karachi:Pakistan selectors dropped experienced wicketkeepers Moin Khan and Rashid Latif from a list of 25 probables announced for the team's tour of Australia starting next month.

"Kamran Akmal will be the only wicketkeeper on the Australian tour because captain Inzamam-ul Haq is satisfied with his performance," chief selector Wasim Bari told AFP on Tuesday. "Since we are looking to the future we must try Akmal on this tough tour," he said.

The final squad of 16 will be announced on November 24.

Pakistan will play three Tests and also feature in a tri-series one-day tournament, involving hosts Australia and the West Indies.

Pakistan will open the tour with a one-day side game on December 7 and then a four-day game from 9-12 December - both at Perth - before playing the first Test at Perth from December 16.

The 33-year-old Moin was dropped after a poor run of form with the bat in Pakistan's home series against Sri Lanka last month, making way for the 22-year-old Kamran.

Latif has not played since opting out of the Test series against South Africa for personal reasons last year.

Experienced pacer Shabbir Ahmed is listed in the team after fully recovering from a knee operation which forced him out of action for nearly three months.

Opener Yasir Hameed, dropped from last week's one-off limited overs international against India, is also back in the reckoning.

Three uncapped players -- batsman Aamir Bashir, opener Ashar Zaidi and left arm pacer Mohammad Khalil -- are also in the probables.

Bari said six promising fast bowlers other than the probables have also been invited to the short camp starting next week and could come into contention.

"Pace bowlers Wasim Khan, Mohammad Irshad, Iftikhar Anjum, Mohammad Asif, Yasir Ali and Abdul Rauf have been performing well at domestic level so they are also given a chance," said Bari.

Probables: Inzamam-ul Haq, Salman Butt, Yasir Hameed, Imran Farhat, Taufiq Umer, Shoaib Malik, Yousuf Youhana, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Younis Khan, Danish Kaneria, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed, Rana Naveedul Hassan, Asim Kamal, Aamir Bashir, Riaz Afridi, Bazid Khan, Faisal Iqbal, Ashar Zaidi, Faisal Athar, Misbahul Haq, Mohammad Khalil.

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