Shoaib, Umar Gul in Pakistan squad
Strengthening their pace attack, the Pakistani selectors today included controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul in the 15-man squad.cricket Updated: Aug 12, 2008 18:51 IST
Strengthening their pace attack, the Pakistani selectors today included controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and his fellow paceman Umar Gul in the final 15-man squad for next month's Champions Trophy.
The selectors have also recalled Kamran Akmal, who was dropped for the Asia Cup tournament in June at home, while picking two young batsmen Bazid Khan and Khalid Latif.
"Bazid and Latif have been picked as our most experienced batsman Mohammad Yousuf is unavailable for the tournament and we hope they will add depth to the batting," Chief Selector Salahuddin Ahmed said at a press conference.
He said Shoaib, Gul and allrounder Shahid Afridi, who all had fitness problems ahead of the trial matches last week, were cleared by doctors before they were considered for the selection.
"They have a lot of experience between them and will give depth to the bowling," he said.
Shafqat Naghmi, PCB Chief Operating Officer, said that Shoaib was picked after the Board decided to keep the issue of his paying the fine imposed on him by the appellate tribunal separate from his selection.
Shoaib has filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court challenging the 18-month ban and a seven million rupees fine imposed on him by the appellate tribunal, which had earlier reduced his five-year ban imposed by the Board in March for several counts of indiscipline.
The Squad: Shoaib Malik (Capt), Nasir Jamshed, Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Khalid Latif, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Bazid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Sohail Tanvir and Abdur Rauf.