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Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis suggested PCB to drop Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal for a year

Misbah_ul_Haq_Pakistan_cricketKarachi: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and head coach Waqar Younis wanted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to sideline Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal from the national team for atleast a year to force them to improve their attitudes.

According to a report on Geo News channel, Misbah and Waqar in their tour reports after the World Cup stated that Shehzad and Umar refused to change their attitude and approach to cricket.

The report said the captain and coach had noted in their reports that despite being told many times to play responsibly and change their attitude for the team, Shehzad and Umar continued to show reckless attitude in their approach to the game thus letting down the team time and again.

Incidentally, both the players along with opener, Nasir Jamshed were dropped for the Test and one-day series in Bangladesh by the new selection committee with only Shehzad being retained for the lone T20 match.


The PCB had decided to go with the suggestions of Misbah and Waqar and drop the two for all three formats but the national T20 captain, Shahid Afridi insisted on having Shehzad in his team.

,the report said.

Apparently Shahid, who is known to have always played a mentor's role for Shehzad, said he wanted the opener in the side as the team didn't have too much exposure in international matches before the next World T20 Cup in India early next year. A source close to the selectors told PTI the idea behind dropping both the cricketers for the Tests and ODIs was to make them realize that they needed to change their attitude to wear Pakistan colors again.

"They are not being discounted out forever but we want them to come to us first and show realisation they need to mature as players and with their attitude," the source said.

Shehzad incidentally scored 176 in his last Test innings in the test against New Zealand last November and the source said it was apparent he was not dropped because of his cricketing abilities or performances from the test and ODI sides. The training camp for the Pakistan team begins from Monday in Lahore.

Source: NDTV

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