Pakistan fast bowler Tanvir Ahmed may be doing a good job in New Zealand currently, taking 8 wickets from two Tests, but he apparently hasn't impressed the selectors enough to warrant him a place in the country's final 15 for the World Cup. While he didn't make the cut, left arm speedster Sohail Tanvir who is recovering from a niggling knee injury, has.
Tanvir has appeared in 31 ODIs to date, taking 44 wickets at an average of 28.90 and an economy rate of 4.94. The record is not extraordinary by any means, but the selectors are probably banking on the fact that he has had some experience playing on Indian wickets as he was once a part of IPL team Rajasthan Royals and made quite an impact in the inaugural season, which his team won.
Meanwhile, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal, who has stirred up much controversy for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal which rocked the whole cricketing landscape last August, had also made it to the squad. In a clear case of double standards exercised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), they have taken a spot-fixing suspect on board while leaving out a match-fixing suspect in Shoaib Malik, while also ignoring veteran batsman Mohammad Yusuf.
Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul and left-arm seamers Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir form the pace attack. Abdur Rehman, the left-arm spinner, who was Man of the Match in the first Test against New Zealand in Hamilton, has been picked alongside offspinner Saeed Ajmal. Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad are opening options, while Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan and Shahid Afridi add experience to the batting. Middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq, who has done well in the five-day version, has also been retained.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt on Monday said if any of the three suspended players are cleared of spot-fixing charges they can be included in Pakistan's World Cup squad.
The International Cricket Council anti-corruption tribunal is due to announce its verdict on the charges filed against Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir on February 5.
"The squad is to be announced on January 19 but if any of these players gets a clean chit on February 5 he can be considered for late inclusion in the World Cup squad," Butt told reporters."We have spoken to the ICC about this and they have in principle agreed to consider any late replacements in the final squad," Butt said.
Squad: Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal (wk), Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Ahmed Shehzad