Afridi wants Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik in team
Pakistan limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi wishes senior players Shoaib Malik and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal were in the team for the tour of New Zealand.

The selectors have ignored Malik and Akmal for next month’s three Twenty20s and two tests against New Zealand. The squad for six one-day internationals against the Black Caps will be named later.

”They (Malik and Akmal) are requirements of the team,” Afridi said on Friday in Karachi. ”I think you (reporters) should ask the Pakistan Cricket Board and the selection committee what’s the problem in the selection of Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal.”

Malik’s exclusion from the tour has surprised because of his impressive form in the domestic first-class competition.

Malik was also not named in the match-fixing or spot-fixing controversy that marred Pakistan’s tour of England.

Three Pakistan cricketers are under suspension and four more were named in a video obtained and aired by Geo television on Tuesday, when players’ agent Mazhar Majeed fingered Akmal.

Akmal averages more than 27 in 123 ODIs since 2002, but his glovework hasn’t been as good as his batting.

Malik, who also played in the 2007 World Cup, was dropped for the recent series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates, and Afridi said it was due more to the allrounder’s poor form.

”Malik has always been good,” Afridi said. ”If he was dropped it doesn’t mean he was out of the national team forever.

”When a player stays away from international cricket for one or two series, it gives him good time to think about and realize his mistakes.”

After Pakistan lost the Twenty20 and one-day series to South Africa in the UAE, Afridi said he needed experienced players for next year’s World Cup.

”You can’t take a new team to the World Cup,” he said. ”I know there’s not much expectations from our team, but I will continue to motivate my players.”

Afridi said he wanted the pool of Pakistan’s World Cup players to be finalized as soon as possible so that he could have a fair idea about the composition of the team.

”I know it’s difficult (World Cup), but I am positive that we could do well.”

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Controversy to leave Pakistan Cricket more alone in the world is under preparation now days. According to the new suggested FTP the Indian team will play just two short series on a neutral venue in next eight years. On the other hand ICC is not ready to fulfill its promise to give icon status to Pakistan- India series. Australia is also not agreed to play a series in Pakistan. source ....
Controversy to Left Pakistan Cricke  [Lahore] Comments Date : Sunday, December 12, 2010
Betting is not complete without all team mates.
Mabob  [Benghazi] Comments Date : Friday, December 10, 2010
I think those should be in squad, instead of being in good form and away from these cricket controversies, that others are in. I don't know why shoaib is not selected , it shows selectors look other things.
Riaz  [lhore] Comments Date : Thursday, December 09, 2010
We should not depend on others. The second most important thing is that all the thing that is going in pakistan cricket team is made by the indians. Our board does not take action against those who are making our bad image in international cricket.
mekhan  [peshawar] Comments Date : Thursday, December 09, 2010
I think thats good. The inclusion of these 2 players can benefit team a lot for the coming world cup. shoib malik is my favourite player.
muhammad naeem khan  [peshawar] Comments Date : Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Our team need a captian who can tell them put your best effort beleive in your potential thats a key 2 sucess. What our team not think they cannot win, they are not children who need 15 years to get mature, they are paid professionals, they should play like professionals, don't play with the people of pakistan, play wid your opponents.
kashif sarfraz  [rawalpindi] Comments Date : Wednesday, December 08, 2010
World cup 2011 Imran Nazir, Muhammad Hafeez,Younas Khan, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afreedi, Abdul Razaq, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal, shoaib malik ,sohail tanvir,
burair  [karachi] Comments Date : Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Afraidi himself is a disgrace to the team and cricket. I have not seen a bigger mindless cricketer than Afraidi. There is no hope at all, if he remains captain.
Zulfiqar Haider  [Boston, uk] Comments Date : Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Pakistan team as capable of beating the world champions, but some times you feel like they are losers, because they don't play as a team, .... if every player makes 30 runs am sure Pakistan team will be too tough to beat ... May God Bless Pakistan. I really Love Pakistan. Pakistan zindabad.
Hassan Hiraabe  [Islamabad] Comments Date : Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Worldcup 2011, Imran Nazir, Muhammad Hafeez,Younas Khan, Misbahul Haq, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afreedi, Abdul Razaq, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal
Zeeshan  [lahore] Comments Date : Wednesday, December 08, 2010
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