LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on the day of Monday declared the names of 35 probable players for the upcoming England visit, skipping previous T20 skipper Shahid Afridi, opener Ahmed Shehzad and middle-order batsman Umar Akmal from the proposed list.
Afridi had gave resignation from captaincy after Pakistan was unsuccessful to put up a decent show in the World T20 in the country of India, but declared that he would sustain playing international cricket.
Ex-captain Inzamam-ul-Haq-led selection committee was in the city of Faisalabad checking thoroughly the players’ performances during Pakistan Cup and presented the names of 35 players.
Those shortlisted involve performers from the Pakistan international and ‘A’ sides.
“We are scheduled to play only 6 or so T20s in the coming year so we considered it is better to give opportunity to youngsters,” Inzamam stated at a press conference. “In the meantime, Afridi will also get little time to rest and hopefully will regain his form.”
The troublemakers of Pakistan cricket Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal have been also dropped from the tour probables.
“Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal had discipline problems and their performances were not upto the mark,” Inzamam stated.
The selection committee has told the PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan relating to the shortlisted performers and it is likely that Afridi will not be selected for the group’s training camp either.
Afridi, giving his views on the list of probable performers declared by Inzamam, took to twitter and stated: “Acknowledge the approach by selection committee; glad that youth are getting a chance.”
He further stated, “I’m going to play County cricket this season and will attempt to prove my fitness form and make a great comeback.”
Afridi played his last Test in the year 2010 and gave resignation from 1-day internationals after the World Cup 2015 in the country of Australia.
Pakistan will begin their England visit with the 1st Test scheduled on the day of July 16, which will be followed by 3 more Tests, 5 ODIs and T20.