Yusuf sidelined in Pakistan World Cup squad
Pakistan excluded three-time World Cup batsman Mohammad Yusuf from its 15-man squad for next month's tournament and also delayed naming a captain today.cricket Updated: Jan 19, 2011 01:56 IST
Pakistan excluded three-time World Cup batsman Mohammad Yusuf from its 15-man squad for next month's tournament and also delayed naming a captain on Tuesday.
The squad, with seven back from the tragic 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, featured few surprises with the selectors relying on two specialist spinners, Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal, for the spin-friendly pitches of the subcontinent.
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar will lead the four-pronged pace attack which also includes Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir, with allrounder Abdul Razzaq supplementing as a medium-pace bowler. Pakistan's batting will revolve around the experienced Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, with wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal Also picked were specialist openers Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad.
Pakistan squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir.
Aussies WC squad
Defending champions Australia Tuesday unveiled their squad for next month's World Cup, banking on the fitness of a pair of injury-prone pacemen and elder statesmen Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey.
Squad: Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.