Lahore: Pakistan’s star batsman Younis Khan has been dropped from a 30-man initial squad for the eight-nation Champions Trophy after the middle order batsman failed to show up in the last series against South Africa.
Younis managed just 116 runs in the series against South Africa earlier this month which Pakistan lost 3-2 and has not managed to score a century since November 2008. Younis has so far scored 7014 runs in 253 one-day internationals after making his debut 13 years ago.
Chief selector Iqbal Qasim said the Pakistani squad was a “mix of youth and experience”.
“Younis’s name was not considered after he did not show the form in the last few matches,” he told AFP.
Also overlooked was allrounder Abdul Razzaq, who hasn’t played a one-day since November 2011.
Pakistan is in group B of the event to be held in England from June 3-23. The other teams in their group are arch-rivals India, the West Indies and South Africa.
Pakistan will face the West Indies in their opening match on June 7 before clashing with South Africa (June 10) and arch-rivals India on June 15.
Probables: Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Ahmed Shehzad, Misbah-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umer Amin, Sohail Tanvir, Hammad Azam, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil, Imran Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Zulfiqar Babar, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan.