Irfan, Jamshed out of Pakistan Test squad

Zubin Daver, August 7 2013,
For the Zimbabwe tour, Pakistan has excluded pacer Mohammad Irfan and opener Nasir Jamshed from the 15-man Test squad.
Won't play for Pakistan against Zimbabwe
Won't play for Pakistan against Zimbabwe
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Other players who played in South Africa in February but were ruled out of this tour are fast bowler Umar Gul, wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, batsman Taufeeq Umar, and batsman Haris Sohail. Gul is out due to an injury.

The vacant places will be filled by wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal, batsmen Khurram Manzoor and Imran Farhat, and fast bowlers Rahat Ali and Wahab Riaz. Farhat was not a part of the original Test squad selected for the South Africa series.

The selectors announced the T20 and ODI squads too. Without a chief selector, a three-member selection committee announced the squads. Without giving any explanation to the changes brought into the squads, the PCB announced the squads though a press release.

According to ESPNcricinfo, Irfan might be excluded to relieve the stress from his shoulder while Jamshed’s exclusion from the longer version could be the result of wanting Manzoor to play in the opening slot.

During the short career, Irfan’s fitness issue and ability to bowl long spells have always been a matter of concern to the team management. The selectors kept him for the limited-overs squads.

Sarfraz lost his place to Adnan Akmal due to his poor performances with the bat in 3 Tests against South Africa. He was decent behind the stumps though.

Wahab Riaz played in the recent ODI series against West Indies. He lost his place to Anwar Ali. On the other hand, batsman Mohammad Rizwan was left out because of his inclusion in the under-23 squad.

A new batsman named Sohaib Maqsood was selected for the T20 squad. He showed decent performances in different domestic tournaments.

Moin Khan will play the role of the team manager in this tour while Mohammad Akram will continue his duty as the coach of the team.

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