Shoaib Malik given rest for West Indies series

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LAHORE: Veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik, fast bowler Hasan Ali, all-rounder Imad Wasim and wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmad were left out as the national selectors named on Thursday Pakistan’s ODI and Twenty20 squads for the home series against West Indies starting later this month.

The series comprises three ODIs and as many T20 Inter­nationals all of which will be staged at the National Stadium, Karachi from Dec 13 to 22.

Four changes were made in the 18-member team, which played the T20 series in Bangladesh last month. Only pace bowler Mohammad Hasnain has been added to the 15-man T20 squad.

From the 17 players who were available for selection for the England ODIs in July, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah and Mohammad Wasim Junior have replaced Faheem Ashraf, Hasan, Salman Ali Agha and Sarfaraz in the 17-member side, while Abdullah Shafique has been named as a travelling reserve.

Meanwhile commenting on the squads, chief selector Mohammad Wasim said: “As we have been playing T20Is since October and now have a pretty settled and balanced side, we have decided to reduce the number of players to 15. As such, we have not included Imad Wasim, Sarfaraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik.

“For the ODIs, which we last played in July, we have accepted the team management’s request and provided them two additional resources,” Wasim added.

“In consultation with [pace bowler] Hasan Ali and taking into consideration that he has been playing non-stop cricket since returning from a back injury, we have decided to give him time off from this series,” the chief selector concluded.

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