Pakistan 16-member squad for Bangladesh tri-series

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

National cricket selectors Monday included five fast bowlers in a 16-man squad to take part in next week's one-day tri-series in Bangladesh.

Fit-again Mohammad Asif leads the strong pace attack, which also includes Umar Gul, Sohail Tanveer, Rao Iftikhar and rookie left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz.But suspended paceman Shoaib Akhtar was not considered.

"Shoaib Akhtar was not considered as he was suspended and the team is a balanced one which we hope can do well in the tri-series,"
said chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed.

The squad for the Asia Cup, which Pakistan will host from June 24 to July 6, will be announced later, Salahuddin said.

The 25-year-old Asif suffered a hand injury while playing in Indian Premier League in India but has since recovered well for Pakistan's hectic season ahead.

He has played in only four one-day matches for Pakistan this year after undergoing elbow surgery in Australia late last year.

The 32-year-old Shoaib Akhtar was banned for five years on charges of indiscipline in April this year -- a ban suspended for one month to allow him to feature in the Indian event. His appeal against the ban will resume next week.

The tri-series, also featuring India, will be held in Dhaka from June 8-14, with each side playing the other once in a league before the June 14 final.

Pakistan will play Bangladesh in the opening match on June 8 and then come face to face with archrivals India two days later. India meet Bangladesh on June 12.

Squad: Shoaib Malik (captain), Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Asif, Sohail Tanveer, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Wahab Riaz, Fawad Alam, Bazid Khan, Naumanullah Khan.

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