Pak Selectors Convinced Younis Not Required For ODIs

Pak Selectors Convinced Younis Not Required For ODIs

Pakistan's former captain Younis Khan is set to be ignored for the one-day internationals as the team think tank is convinced that the senior batsman is not suited for the format and there was need to prepare a team for next year's World Cup.

The team management met in Lahore at the weekend to discuss plans for the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka and building a team for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

According to a PCB source, head coach Waqar Younis and the national selection committee had a detailed meeting over the upcoming tours and having separate combinations for test and one-day cricket.

"While there is no argument over Younis being in the Test side, the selectors are not convinced he should be in the one-day squad," the source told PTI.

Younis has expressed desire to play one-day cricket and doesn't like being branded only as a Test player. Younis who has not been picked for one-dayers since last playing in South Africa in March, 2013 was originally given a category B central contract last month when the Board announced list of players for the new central contracts.

But after much hue and cry the board took a U turn and included him in category A with.

"There was a lot of debate on whether Younis should be included in the one-day squad but the feeling is that Pakistan needs to move ahead and prepare a set of younger players for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand," the source said.

He said the chief selector, Moin Khan had told Waqar and the other selectors that it would be best to consult the PCB Chairman on the matter before announcing any decision.

The selectors have also reached a consensus on not having Asad Shafiq in the one-day squad for the tour to Sri Lanka where Pakistan play two Tests and three one-day internationals in August.

Senior pace bowlers, Umar Gul and Muhammad Irfan are also unlikely to be considered for the Test matches because of concerns over their long term fitness and might be restricted to playing only limited over cricket. The Pakistan team players are likely to have a two-week training camp in Karachi before flying to Sri Lanka.

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