Pakistan(Pak) Squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Team Players List.Pakistan 15-members team squad for champions trophy players details announced and full Pak squad for Champions trophy 2013 here.PCB show full length for send a strong team squad from Pakistan to Champions trophy in England.Flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi will not be included in the 15-member national squad for the ICC Champions Trophy, to be held in England in June, sources claimed.Although the national selection committee is yet to announce the final 15 but sources told PTI that Afridi has not been shortlisted for the final squad. “Basically Afridi has been dropped and senior players such as Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik have also been told candidly this is their final chance to prove their worth to the team in the Champions Trophy,” one source said.The suspense regarding the make-up of the Pakistan squad for the prestigious ICC Champions Trophy is expected to be over on Monday when the National Selection Committee, headed by Iqbal Qasim, unveils the 15-man party for the trip to the United Kingdom.As always the last-minute drama as to who would be the lucky ones to win the selectors’ nod for a trophy which Pakistan has never managed to lift despite starting the subsequent tournaments among the favorites.Afridi had been dropped from Pakistan’s squad for the ODI series in India in December 2012, but was chosen for the trip to South Africa because of his skill as a legspinner. He failed to take a wicket in 37 overs, though, and scored 126 runs in four innings with a high score of 88. Since the start of 2012, Afridi’s taken only 15 wickets in 21 ODIs, and five of those came in one game against Afghanistan. His batting average during this period is 19.
The one-day series in South Africa which Pakistan lost 3-2 last month, more or less, pose serious questions to the selectors whether to keep faith with those players who of late are no longer automatic selections as they search for a balanced squad.According to reliable sources, it is a forgone conclusion that former national skipper and all-rounder Shahid Afridi, a seasoned campaigner with 354 One-day International caps under his belt since October 1996, won’t be part of the squad after a plethora of lacklustre performances over the past couple of seasons. Many say the flamboyant cricketer has probably reached the end of his international career.Likewise, the sources also confirmed that senior pros Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal, both surviving in international cricket on borrowed times, are likely to be given one final chance to prove their worth in the Pakistan squad. The selectors, it is learnt, are seriously considering Umar Amin as a batting all-rounder. The left-handed batsman, who played four Tests in England three years ago, has been one of the top performers in the season. In addition Umar is a pretty useful part-time bowler whose gentle medium-pacers could prove useful in the English conditions. If both Haris and Umar Amin are picked the squad would have four left-handers among the specialist batsmen with Nasir Jamshed and Imran Farhat certain inclusions. According to the sources, the team management wants five seamers in the squad along with spinners Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman. The recent President’s Cup one-day competition has given Iqbal and two of his most active committee members, Saleem Jaffer and Azhar Khan, a generous feedback. The non-availability of Umar Gul through a serious knee injury — which has necessitated the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to fly the 29-year-old strike bowler to Melbourne for surgery in May — has given the selectors an opportunity to give the thus far untried Asad Ali a deserved promotion to the one-day squad. The selectors held lengthy three-day deliberations in Lahore this week to discuss the Champions Trophy squad and central contracts to be given to players.
Pakistan Squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Team Players
Pak team squad 15-members selected final squad players list details here with official announced by PCB.
Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan allrounder, middle-order batsman Umar Akmal and fast bowler Sohail Tanvir have been left out of the ODI squad for the Champions Trophy in England this June. Fast bowlers Ehsan Adil and Asad Ali, and batsman Umar Amin, were selected, after they had been omitted from the tour of South Africa. Pakistan’s selectors met in Lahore on Monday to trim the 29 probables – Umar Gul was unavailable because of injury – down to 15 for the Champions Trophy, as well as the ODIs in Ireland and Scotland.
Pakistan Final Squad for Champions Trophy 2013:
Squad: Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal, Misbah ul Haq, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Asad Ali, Wahab Riaz, Umar Amin, Abdur Rehman, Ehsan Adil.
“After the lengthy deliberations the selectors have also omitted Wahab Riaz who went with the team to South Africa.”He said the selectors had formed consensus on having Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan and Asad Ali in the final squad but were still deliberating on adding two more pacers or one pacer and a pace allrounder to the squad.”Sohail Tanvir and Ehsan Adil are front runners to get the remaining two places,” he added.The source also confirmed that the selectors had decided to have uncapped left hander Haris Sohail in the squad but were still deliberating on whether to give Umar Akmal another chance.
PCB make contract with Wasim Akram the fast bowling legend who is supervising the Ufone-PCB King of Speed programmer here at the National Stadium, has been very impressed with Asad and has earmarked him as one of the brightest pacemen to have emerged on the horizon along with Ehsan Adil. Several other names are in the fray with the experienced Aizaz Cheema, who has been out of favor since the tour of Sri Lanka last year, and all-rounder Hammad Azam probably fighting for one spot. Compared to other competing teams, Pakistan would have the advantage of getting acclimatised to the conditions well ahead of the Champions Trophy because they would also be playing two One-day Internationals each against Scotland and Ireland in Edinburgh and Dublin. Pakistan then face the West Indies in their open trophy fixture at The Oval on June 7, followed by the game against South Africa three days later at Edgbaston before the much-awaited clash against arch-rivals India, also at Edgbaston, on June 15.
Pak Expected Players for Champions Trophy 2013:
Probable squad for CT2013: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez (vice-captain), Nasir Jamshed, Imran Farhat, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper), Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Asad Ali, Ehsan Adil, Aizaz Cheema/Hammad Azam/Umar Amin.