Shahid Afridi, who recently captained
Speculations were rife in the media claiming Butt to become
Chief selector Mohsin Khan has said that the selection process involved selectors as well as the coach Waqar Younis and captain Shahid Afridi. Afridi recently called for more young players in the squad and the inclusion of two new faces in the squad is reflective of his wish.
Two new players called up for the Asia Cup Cricket 2010 are Umar Amin and Asad Shafiq. Both of them impressed the selectors with their domestic performance in the recent years.
Umar Amin has a very good domestic record with an average of 42.00 in the first class cricket. Asad Shafiq, at 24, has 8 centuries in his 35-match first class career and has maintained an average of over 43. Asad can also keep wickets. So, he could be a back up for Kamran Akmal as far as wicket keeping is concerned.
There are many who were surprised by the selection of Shoaib Malik who few months back was banned by PCB for a year on disciplinary ground. His strained relation with Captain Shahid Afridi is no more a secret and many think it could have a negative impact in
Another young batsman in the squad is Shahzaib Hasan who represented
Shoaib Akhtar earned the recall based on his impressive recent form in the Pentangular tournament. Both Akhtar and Malik had to go through fitness tests before getting the final nod from the selectors.
Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq, the two specialist all rounders, could be very effective for
Batting line up is a blend of experienced as well as young batsmen. Imran Farhat, Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Afridi and Abdul Razzaq are experienced members in their batting line up, while Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq and Shahzaib Hasan are young but talented batsmen who may have to wait for a while to get into the first eleven.
Umar Akmal, on the other hand, may not be that much experienced, but has already cemented his place in the first eleven within a very short time.
Here is the
Salman Butt, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal (wk), Umar Akmal, Shahzaib Hasan (wk), Asad Shafiq (wk), Umar Amin
Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Shoaib Akhtar, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal
Shahid Afridi (c), Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik