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Younis ignored by selectors for T20, ODI's

Published: Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 11:44 [IST]
 
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Younis ignored for T20, ODI side

Pakistan selectors on Tuesday ignored former Pakistani captain Younis Khan for the ODI series against England despite lifting a ban on him playing for his country.

Mohsin Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board's selection committee, said Younis' name had not been cleared by the PCB despite an indefinite ban on him being overturned by an appellate tribunal in June.

"At the moment Younis' name was not cleared by the PCB chairman (Ijaz Butt), so he was not considered for selection," Khan told reporters while announcing the squad.

Younis, 32, has not been part of the Pakistan team since February after being sent to Australia for the one-day series.

He had withdrawn from the team for the preceding tour of New Zealand and Tests against Australia, citing personal reasons.

Soon after the Australia tour Younis and six other players were either banned or fined for indiscipline and creating infights within the team members.

A one-man appellate tribunal lifted the ban on Younis but the PCB said he still had to resolve some legal matters before he could be cleared to play for Pakistan.

Pakistan are currently playing a four-match Test series against England, with the final Test scheduled to start at Lord's from Thursday.

After the Tests, they will play back-to-back T20 matches at Cardiff, on September 5 and 7 before their five-match one-day series which will commence after three days.

Among the Test squad, Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Umar Amin and Tanveer Ahmed will return to Pakistan and their places will be taken by Shahzaib Hasan, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Akhtar and Fawad Alam.

Akhtar, 35, was part of Pakistan team which featured in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka last month but was not selected for Tests due to lack of fitness.

Another paceman Umar Gul, ruled out of the final two Tests against England due to injury, was passed fit to play in the limited over series.

All-rounder Shahid Afridi was retained as the skipper after he resigned from Test cricket following Pakistan's defeat against Australia in the Lord's Test last month.

Afridi said the series against England will give him a chance to reassess the players before the 2011 World Cup.

"The next World Cup is just six months away, so we have to keep a pool of 20-22 players and series against England will give us a good chance to prepare for the World Cup," said Afridi.

Squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Salman Butt, Shahzaib Hasan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Yousuf, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar and Wahab Riaz.

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