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Afridi out as Kaneria, Sami come back

Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi is left out of the 14-member Pak squad for the three-match Test series against India.

cricket Updated: Nov 17, 2007 03:49 IST

After failing to make much impact in the ODI series, flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi was on Friday left out of the 14-member Pakistan cricket squad for the three-match Test series against India starting November 22.

Apart from Afridi, three others -- Fawad Alam, Rao Iftikhar and Imran Nazir -- will also return home after the fifth and final one-dayer in Jaipur.

"These four (Afridi, Alam, Iftikhar and Nazir) will return home after the final one-dayer in Jaipur," Chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed told PTI.

The selectors have brought in leg spinner Danish Kaneria, pacer Mohammad Sami and batsman Faisal Iqbal in place of the omitted quartet.

Pakistan have already lost the five-match ODI series after losing the fourth game in Gwalior on Thursday to go down 1-3.

Defending Afridi's exclusion, Salahuddin said it would have been difficult to strike a balance in the Test team if the all-rounder had been accommodated.

"If we play three pacers and Danish it is difficult to find a place for him. He is such a senior player, we feel it is better he comes home," Salahuddin said.

Earlier, pacer Mohammad Asif failed to pass a fitness Test, which ruled him out of the series.