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Waqar furious with Afridi for Malik, Amin snub

Published: Friday, August 27, 2010, 13:31 [IST]
 
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Waqar furious with Afridi, Mohsin

Waqar Younis is reportedly unhappy with T20, ODI skipper Shahid Afridi for omitting all-rounder Shoaib Malik from the Pakistan team for the one-day series in England.

Besides Afridi, Waqar also expressed his unhappiness over the exclusion of Umar Amin with chief selector Mohsin Khan.

According to a source, Coach Waqar wanted Malik and Amin to be retained in the one-day squad and had disagreed with Mohsin and Afridi when they consulted him on phone while finalising the squad on Wednesday.

"Waqar felt that Pakistan needed Malik's experience for the one-day series and he would get back into form soon. While he also believes that Umar Amin is a great talent for the future and must be given confidence," one source said.

Malik played in three Tests in England and failed to come to light with his poor form and rookie Amin too, failed to impress the selectors.

Both were dropped from the one-day squad by the selectors owing to poor form.

Afridi also said that it was the right time to lookout for players for the 2011 World Cup.

The source said the chief selector had also questioned the need to have rookie left-arm spinner Reza Hasan for the Test matches when Pakistan had been playing the experienced spinner Abdul Rehman.

Incidentally, Pakistan's former coach Mudassar Nazar has also come out in favor of having Malik in the team despite the all-rounder's recent poor form.

Mudassar told a cricket website that Malik's omission came as a surprise to him.

"Shoaib Malik's omission has been rather surprising and is not justified. He has been a good one day player and should have been in the squad," he said.

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