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Afridi left out of Pakistan Test squad
November 16, 2007 13:49 IST
After failing to make much impact in the ongoing one-day international series, flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi [Images] was on Friday left out of the 14-member Pakistan squad for the three-match Test series against India starting November 22.
Apart from Afridi, three others -- Fawad Alam, Rao Iftikhar and Imran Nazir [Images] -- 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 said.
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 [Images] failed to pass a fitness test, which ruled him out of the series.
Salahuddin admitted that Asif's failure to recover from his elbow injury has come as a blow to the team.
"He is a good pacer and ideal for Test matches. But since he is yet not recovered from his elbow injury we had no option left," he said.
Asif also missed the one-day series because of the injury after being initially picked in the squad.
The chief selector said Asif would be sent to Australia by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for examination by a sports medicine specialist.
"We are hoping he will make a complete recovery from his injury before our next series," he said.
The chief selector said losing the one-day series is a setback and disappointing but hopes that the players will learn from their mistakes and do better in the Tests.
Squad: Shoaib Malik [Images] (captain), Younis Khan (vice-captain), Abdur Rehman, Danish Kaneria, Faisal Iqbal, Mohammad Sami, Kamran Akmal (w/k), Misbah-ul Haq, Mohammad Yousuf [Images], Salman Butt [Images], Shoaib Akhtar [Images], Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Yasir Hameed [Images].