Yousuf dropped; Pak selectors announce WC squad sans captain

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Karachi, Jan 18 (PTI) The national selectors have omittedsenior batsman Muhammad Yousuf from the final 15-member WorldCup squad of the Pakistan team which was announced todaywithout a captain.

Former captain Yousuf, a veteran of 90 tests and 288one-day internationals was named in the preliminary squad of30 players for the World Cup.

But the selectors decided today to show faith withyoungster Asad Shafiq instead of Yousuf who was captaining theLahore team in the ongoing national one-day championship in abid to convince the selectors he was fit and in form for thetournament.

All the players who are presently touring New Zealand forthe one-day series were named in the 15-member squadindicating that the selectors had faith in their ability to dowell in the mega event that begins in India, Sri Lanka andBangladesh from February 19.

But the decision to not name the captain for the WorldCup although Shahid Afridi has led the team in T20 and One-dayinternationals since last year and is also presently captainfor the series in New Zealand, indicates that test captainMisbah-ul-Haq remains a strong choice to also lead the one-daysquad.

Pakistan squad: Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, YounisKhan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Kamran Akmal,Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, ShoaibAkhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir.

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