Afridi supports inclusion of 3-4 young players in Pak squad

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Lahore, Jun 1 (ANI): Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi wants three to four young players to be included in the 15-member squad for the Asia Cup starting in Sri Lanka from June 15.

"We should have three to four new players along with the seniors so that we can strike the right balance in the one-day side," Afridi said.

"I think the time is right to start grooming and giving exposure to some of our young lot because we also have to keep the 2011 World Cup in mind," The Daily Times quoted him, as saying.

Reminded that the selectors have ignored young all-rounder Hammad Azam from the list of probables for the Asia Cup and the subsequent tour to England, Afridi said neither he nor coach Waqar had any hand in the selection of the T20 squad.

"The selectors had picked that squad but as a matter of policy myself and the coach want to give exposure to young players so that they can provide stable support and back up to the seniors in future," he said.

Afridi, however, refused to comment on al-rounder Shoaib Malik's availability for the Asia Cup and England tour after the PCB appeals tribunal had lifted the one-year ban imposed on the former skipper.

"It is something that concerns the board. As far as I am concerned whoever is eligible for selection is an important player for me," he said. (ANI)

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