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Iqbal in, Kaneria out of Pak ODI squad

Pakistan have announced a 16-member team to take on India in the five-match ODI series starting from Feb 6.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 09:44 IST

Pakistan cricket selectors on Thursday retained middle-order batsman Faisal Iqbal for the 16-member squad for the limited-overs international series against India.

Iqbal, nephew of former Pakistan captain and coach Javed Miandad, scored his maiden test century in Pakistan's commanding 341-run victory this week in the decisive third Test against India.

The five-match limited-overs series begins from Feb 6 at Peshawar, while Rawalpindi (Feb 11), Lahore (Feb 13), Multan (Feb 16) and Karachi (Feb 19) will host the other matches.

Pakistan dropped leg-spinner Danish Kaneria and fast bowler Mohammad Sami after both failed with the ball in the Test matches against India. Kaneria took just three wickets while Sami failed to get one in the first Test at Lahore— his only Test appearance of the series.

All-rounder Shoaib Malik returns to the squad after missing the third Test due to the death of his father during the second Test last month.

Iqbal has played 17 limited-overs internationals, but has not figured since featuring against South Africa in 2003. "I will try to justify my recall and will try to cement my place in the one-day squad if got an opportunity to play in the final XI," Iqbal said.

Iqbal might not get a chance after captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was declared fit for the ODIs after a back injury.

Inzamam missed the third Test after he injured his back during the drawn second Test at Faisalabad.

"I am happy that we won the third Test and I look forward to get the winning momentum going in the ODIs," Inzamam said.

Squad: Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Arshad Khan, Salman Butt, Rana Naved, Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Yasir Arafat.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 17:34 IST