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Home > Cricket > World Cup 2003 > PTI > Report

Pakistan axe Wasim, seven others

March 20, 2003 18:27 IST

Pakistan Thursday sacked eight senior players, including veteran Wasim Akram and fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, after the team's disastrous World Cup campaign.

The selectors picked a new-look 16-member team under Rashid Latif for the three-nation tri-series against South Africa and Sri Lanka scheduled to be played in Sharjah from April 1 to 10.

However, it remains uncertain if the tournament will go ahead following heightened tension in the Gulf over the US-led strikes on Iraq.

Besides Wasim and Shoaib, other senior players axed are deposed skipper Waqar Younis, Inzamam-ul Haq, Azhar Mehmood, Saeed Anwar, Shahid Afridi and Saqlain Mushtaq.

The 36-year-old Wasim was the first man to break the  500-wicket barrier in one-day cricket, but even his efforts failed to take the team past the first round of the World Cup.

The seven players who were retained from the World Cup  squad were new captain Latif, openers Taufiq Umer and Saleem Elahi, Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq and Mohammad Sami.

Former Test captain Javed Miandad returns as coach after the South Africa-based Richard Pybus resigned.

Latif will be Pakistan's seventh captain in the last five years. Miandad will be the 11th coach in the same period.

Pakistan squad for the Sharjah Cup:

Rashid Latif (captain), Yousuf Youhana (vice-captain), Taufeeq Umer, Mohammad Hafeez, Saleem Elahi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Naved Latif, Faisal Iqbal, Abdul Razzaq, Rana Naveedul Hasan, Shoaib Malik, Mohamamd Sami, Umar Gul, Danish Kaneria, Mohammad Zahid.

 

 

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Sub: taufeeq is the best

taufeeq should be the vice captain of pakistans squad he is a good player i am also a cricket player in a club of holland.i ...


Posted by taufeeq umer is the best





Sub: Pakistani Team

Good Decission... But what is the use of dropping the senior players... will pakistani new team win all the games ro atleast one game... never, ...


Posted by M Murali





Sub: change in pak team

ONLY MIANDAD CAN TAKE SUCH SDTEPS IN INTEREST OF THE GAME


Posted by VKT





Sub: Another great one(Wasim) bites the dust...

It is a pity that Wasim Akram, the greatest fast bowler to have ever graced the game of cricket has been unceremoniously dropped by a ...


Posted by Ketan Jahagirdar





Sub: Pakistan doesn't know nothing about cricket

Has the Pakistan Selection Committee gone insane? They axed the whole team!!! They need to learn that sitting players down is not gonna make the ...


Posted by Pakistani Bhai




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