Friday, November 12, 2010

Changes for the Test Squad

Pakistan have brought a few changes to their test squad that was originally announced even before the ODI and T20 series had started. A few changes were always on the cards due to the good performance of some players during the recently concluded one day international series.

Strangely enough Sohail Tanvir,who was included in the original squad of 17 players has been dropped from the squad eventhough he had performed exceptionally well during the two matches he played in the Quaid-E-Azam trophy which is the biggest first class tournament of Pakistan. his performances of 6/41, 1/141, 4/77, 4/65 were unable to convince the selectors of his fitness and was drop on the basis of the following problem. Some sources although, say that the selection committee want Sohail Tanvir fit for the upcoming series of New Zealand and have guaranteed and assured him of a place in the team. The selectors want sohail tanvir to get full fitness before this series.

Danish Kaneria was also withdrawn from the squad for the reasons known only to the Cricket board. He was set to arrive but was told to see the PCB office instead of boarding the plane. It is widely speculated that Dainsh Kaneria has been not included in the squad because of the non satisfaction of ICC over the spot fixing claims that he was involved in the County Championship.

Zulqarnain Haider who was almost cementing his place in the side left the team under bizarre circumstances saying that he was threatened by the Bookies that if he did not cooperate with them he will be in deep trouble. He has announced his retirement from international cricket just yesterday. Adnam akmal, the younger brother of Kamran Akmal and the elder brother of Umar Akmal has been included in the squad and it is really interesting to know that Kamran Akmal has not been included in the squad even though he is performing well in the domestic competition.

Younis Khan who performed really well after his return to international cricket has been retained in the test squad along with Muhammad Hafeez who was the leading run scorer for Pakistan in the recent series against South Africa.

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