Pakistan snub Shoaib
Pace bowlers left out of initial Twenty20 squad
Last Updated: February 26, 2010 3:36pm
Shoaib: Left out
Pakistan have left out Shoaib Akhtar and Sohail Tanvir from their preliminary squad for the World Twenty20 in April.
The Pakistan Cricket Board announced their initial 30-man party for the tournament in the Caribbean without controversial paceman Shoaib and fellow bowler Tanvir.
Shoaib has not played an international since May last year, while Tanvir has been overlooked due to a knee injury.
Last week, Shoaib said he was not only confident of returning to international cricket, but also harboured hopes of becoming captain.
Pakistan's long list includes seven uncapped players, while wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal, who was dropped from the team following a poor performance in the Test series in Australia, has been picked.
The PCB chairman Ijaz Butt had already announced a new coach would be in place for the tournament.
Butt told reporters an offer has been made to former fast bowler Waqar Younis, while coach of the under-19 side Ijaz Ahmed, who was at the helm for a two-match Twenty20 series against England in Dubai last week, would be handed the fielding coach role.
Squad: Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Hafeez, Salman Butt, Shahzaib Hassan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Naveed Yasin, Hasan Raza, Kamran Younis, Misbah-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Hammad Azam, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Abdul Rehman, Kamran Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Zulqarnain Haider.