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Pakistan bring in two uncapped players for 3rd ODI

cricket Updated: Jan 24, 2008 19:49 IST

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Continuing with their new policy of blooding youngsters, the Pakistani selectors today included two more uncapped players for the third match of the ongoing one-day series against Zimbabwe on Sunday.

The selectors introduced fast bowler Sohail Khan and opener Khalid Latif into the squad, while dropped pacer Samiullah Niazi and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

The two players were picked after Pakistan took a 2-0 lead in the five match series winning the second one-dayer on Thursday.

Niazi and teenaged opener Nasir Jamshed were given caps in the first two one-dayers and both faced contrasting fortunes.

While Jamshed impressed with successive half-centuries, Niazi struggled and went wicket-less.

Chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed said the idea was to use the Zimbabwe series to try out the successful performers at the domestic level.

"Both Sohail and Khalid have done well in the domestic season and are good prospects and deserve to be given a chance," he said.

Sohail is the leading wicket-taker in the current domestic season with 68 wickets while Latif has been a prolific scorer for the last few years.

Salahuddin also played down reports of rifts in the team management but admitted that there was a difference of opinion over some selections.

The squad:

Shoaib Malik (Capt), Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Khalid Latif, Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Kamran Akmal, Sohail Khan, Rao Iftikhar, Sohail Tanvir, Kamran Hussain and Yasir Arafat.