Karachi: Pakistan team manager Yawar Saeed has dismissed reports that Shoaib Malik was not considered for the first Test against Australia on disciplinary grounds and said the former captain was dropped from the playing eleven because of his poor form.
There were reports that the all-rounder was dropped from the playing XI because he had skipped a few practice sessions to be with his wife Sania Mirza.
Yawar stongly dismissed the reports, saying they were untrue and baseless.
"The team was picked well in advance and the tour selection committee did not pick Malik because he is still trying to find his form," Yawar said from London as according to PTI reports.
He added that the players were all with high spirits and gelling together as a team.
Malik married Indian tennis ace Sania earlier this year in a ceremony in Hyderabad. Soon after his marriage he was recalled in the national team for last month's Asia Cup and then was picked for the Test team currently playing in England.
Malik himself was surprised of the reports that he was dropped due to missing the practice sessions.
He seemed to agree about his poor run of form and believed it was right for the team management to drop him and give youngsters a chance till the time, he could find his form back.
The PCB has issued strict instructions to the team management not to show leniency to any player during the tour and to deal strongly with incidents of cricketers violating the code of conduct.