Mohammad Hafeez has been dropped from Pakistan’s Test squad for the imminent tour to Sri Lanka. The selectors have reviewed Younis Khan to the ODI squad, while Umar Akmal, who last played Test in September 2011, has been rung for the more drawn out configuration after almost three years set up of Hafeez.
Hafeez has been battling in Test cricket and was dropped from the squad for the South Africa serie in the UAE a year ago. On the other hand, he was reviewed for the Tests against Sri Lanka and scored 113 runs in two recreations, including a fifty, after which he was dropped for the last Test of the arrangement. In five Tests against South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2013, Hafeez had scored 102 in 10 innings. He fared crudely against the moving ball on Pakistan’s tour to South Africa and battled against their pace assault.
Younis, a normal in the Test team, last played an ODI for Pakistan in March 2013 and has been given a chance set up of Asad Shafiq. Younis had as of late expressed that he needed to resuscitate his ODI vocation before the 2015 World Cup and expected to resign on his own terms instead of be dropped for good by the selectors. Shafiq, in the interim, has been held in the Test group.
Pakistan will play two Tests in Galle and Colombo from August 6 and 14 respectively before the teams play a three-match ODI series between August 23 and 30.
Test squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Talha, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz
ODI squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar.
By: Mohammad FurQan Bhatti
Writer is university student and Sports Journalist based in Pakistan