Pakistan announce squad for South Africa one-day series
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 1st February 2007
Fit-again all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and hard-hitting Shahid Afridi were
recalled Saturday for Pakistan's five-match one-day series against
South Africa starting early next month.
Also back in the 17-man squad is lanky fast bowler Shabbir Ahmed, whose
one-year ban over an illegal bowling action ended last month.
"We hope that these players will boost (the) Pakistan team for the
one-day series and Razzaq and Ahmed have proved their fitness before
our physiotherapist Grant Compton," chief selector Wasim Bari told AFP.
Dashing opener Imran Nazir, 25, also earned a recall after two and a
half years, mainly for strong performances in domestic competitions.
"Nazir has shown he has overcome his poor form and we have rewarded him
for his good showing in the local competitions," said Bari.
Razzaq, 27, missed the Test series between the two nations because of a
calf muscle injury.
Pakistan have already been hit by injuries to key pacemen Shoaib Akhtar
and Umar Gul, who have both returned home from South Africa.
The 31-year-old Akhtar, sent as a replacement for the injured Gul, tore
his hamstring in the second Test in Port Elizabeth. The 23-year-old Gul
twisted his ankle during a warm-up match and played no part in the Test
Both face a race against time to win a place in the team for the World
Cup in the West Indies, starting in March.
The 26-year-old Afridi was dropped because of poor form. He scored just
115 runs and took 14 wickets in 18 one-day matches last year.
Afridi was, however, confident he would regain his touch in South
Africa where he performed well for Griqualand West as an overseas
player two years ago.
"I know I have to lift my game before the World Cup and I am hopeful
that I will be able to do that because I know the South African grounds
well," Afridi said.
Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, paceman Shahid Nazir, batsmen Asim Kamal
and Faisal Iqbal will return home after the Test series.
Pakistan will play a Twenty20 international against South Africa in
Johannesburg on February 2 before the one-day series starts at
Centurion on February 4.
The remaining matches will be played in Durban (Feb 7), Port Elizabeth
(Feb 9), Cape Town (Feb 11) and Johannesburg (Feb 14).
Pakistan's one-day squad: Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan
(vice-captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Imran Farhat, Imran
Nazir, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal,
Abdul Razzaq, Zulqarnain Haider, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Shabbir Ahmed,
Mohammad Asif, Abdul Rehman, and Mohammad Sami.