Ir­fan, Ma­lik re­tained in ODI squad

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - BOOKS - — Agen­cies

Karachi: The Pak­istan Cricket Board ( PCB) an­nounced that lef­t­arm pacer Mo­ham­mad Ir­fan and ex­pe­ri­enced all- rounder Shoaib Ma­lik would re­main in In­dia with the na­tional squad for the three­match one- day se­ries, be­gin­ning in Chen­nai on Sun­day.

The PCB said in a state­ment that the na­tional se­lec­tion com­mit­tee had ac­cepted a re­quest from the tour man­age­ment to re­tain Ma­lik and Ir­fan in the one- day squad.

Ma­lik and Ir­fan were orig­i­nally only se­lected in the na­tional T20 squad for the two matches in In­dia that ended in a 1- 1 draw last night.

But af­ter Ma­lik scored a match­win­ning half- cen­tury in the first T20 at Ban­ga­lore and Ir­fan im­pressed ev­ery­one with his bowl­ing in both the games, spec­u­la­tions were rife that the two play­ers would also be re­tained for the ODI se­ries.

Former Pak­istan cap­tain Shahid Afridi, how­ever, could not man­age to win the con­fi­dence of the team man­age­ment and will re­turn home along with those play­ers who were only se­lected for the T20 se­ries.

Ma­lik’s re­ten­tion for the ODI se­ries, though could cre­ate se­lec­tion headaches for the tour se­lec­tion com­mit­tee as the squad al­ready in­cludes spe­cial­ist bats­men such as Im­ran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Younus Khan and Mis­bah- ulHaq.

— Agen­cies

By Michael Hold­ing

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