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Kaneria, Younis miss probables' list

Pakistan selectors have named 39 players from which the squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka would be named.

Press Trust Of India |April 23, 2007, 11:53 AM IST
Kaneria, Younis miss probables' list

Karachi: Pakistani selectors have ignored leg-spinner Danish Kaneria in 39 probables selected ahead of a three-match One-Day series to be played against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi next month.

Batsman Younis Khan was also excluded from the list announced for a week-long training camp in Lahore from next week but chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said the player's availability was awaited and he could still be considered.

The final squad will be announced on May 6.

Both Younis and Kaneria are in England playing for Yorkshire and Essex counties respectively.

Sources, however, said Younis was unlikely to play in the Abu Dhabi as he was not keen on continuing playing One-Dayers any more and just wanted to concentrate on Test cricket.

Salahuddin did not mention the ommission of Kaneria and said young leg-spinner Mansoor Amjad, an excellent fielder and batsman, had been called for the training camp instead.

"We want to give all those players a look in who have been performing well in recent times. Because sooner or later we will consider a rotation policy for the future to give players rest between matches."

Pakistan's rising seamer Mohammad Asif made a quick recovery from an elbow injury to be called for the camp.

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"Asif was cleared for the camp and to resume playing cricket by the Board but unfortunately Shoaib Akhtar is still not 100 per cent fit and needs more time to make a full recovery from his knee injury," Salahuddin said.

Salahuddin said the selectors wanted to have a careful look at all the available talent in the country before finalising their strategy for the future.

The three-match series against Sri Lanka would be Pakistan's first assignment since the World Cup and Salahuddin said it was important to put up a good performance in Abu Dhabi and restore the confidence of the people in the team and game.

The probables:

Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Khurram Manzoor, Taufeeq Umar, Babar Naeem, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Yousuf, Faisal Iqbal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Asim Kamal, Hasan Raza, Naved Latif, Yasir Hameed, Riffatullah Mohmand, Shahid Yousuf, Adnan Raza, Shoaib Malik (C), Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Sami, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar Anjum, Shabbir Ahmad, Abdul Rauf, Mohammad Irshad, Najaf Shah, Shahid Nazir, Mohammad Khalil, Abdul Rahman, Tahir Khan, Atif Maqbool, Mansoor Amjad, Kamran Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmad, Zulqarnain Haider.

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