Pakistan miss Shoaib, Asif in ODI series against Bangladesh
Tuesday, 01 April 2008

Pakistan selectors have left senior fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Muhammad Asif out of the squad for the first two One-Day Internationals against Bangladesh to be played next month, reports agency.

Shoaib was not considered as he faced a disciplinary hearing while Asif had yet to recover fully from an elbow injury that had kept him out of action since October, a spokesman for the Pakistan board said.

Shoaib is due to appear before the Pakistan Cricket Board’s disciplinary committee on April 1 to respond to several violations of the players Code of Conduct.

“When these players are available to us they would be considered for remaining matches,” chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said.

Pakistan play five One-Day Internationals and a Twenty20 match against Bangladesh between April 8-21.
Selectors have recalled pacer Umar Gul, who was injured during the tour of India in November and had returned home before the Test series due to a back problem.

Batsman Bazid Khan has also won a recall after his high-scoring performances in domestic cricket.

The series against Bangladesh had been penciled in by the board after Australia postponed a Test series this month due to security reasons.

Bangladesh will play in Lahore, Faisalabad, Lahore, Multan and Karachi.


Shoaib Malik (captain), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Rao Iftikhar, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Fawad Alam, Bazid Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmed.

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