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Afridi, Younis Khan dropped for Tests

March 25, 2004 13:28 IST
Last Updated: March 25, 2004 16:25 IST

Opener Shahid Afridi and middle-order batsman Younis Khan were dropped from the Pakistan squad for the three-Test series against India, starting in Multan on Sunday.

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is back in the side as the selectors opted to go for specialists in the longer version of the game.

The 16-member squad, announced by chief selector Wasim Bari, retained off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, who was part of the 15-member one-day squad. However, Saqlain did not play in any of the five matches of the series, won 3-2 by India in Lahore on Wednesday.

Besides Afridi and Younis Khan, Rana-Naveed-ul Hasan was also left out as the selectors opted to go in for specialist bowlers in Kaneria and Umar Gul and middle-order batsmen Misbah-ul Haq and Asim Kamal.

"We have given the team enough options for Test matches," Bari said.

India have never won a Test match in Pakistan.

- Complete schedule

Squad: Inzamam-ul Haq (captain), Imran Farhat, Taufeeq Umar, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Abdul Razzak, Moin Khan, Shoaib Malik, Asim Kamal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Danish Kaneria, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed, Umar Gul.

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