LAHORE – Experienced Pakistan all rounder Muhammad Hafeez will be selected for the World Cup 2015 as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan gave a clear hint for selection.Pakistan’s squad for the World Cup will be named on Wednesday (today) after the selectors completed consultations with head-coach Waqar Younis and captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
Waqar and Misbah had lengthy discussions with chief selector Moin Khan and co-selectors Shoaib Muhammad, Salim Yousuf, Mohammad Akram, Ijaz Ahmed and Wajahatullah Wasti to finalise the 15-member squad for the quadrennial showpiece.
“We completed the discussions with Waqar and Misbah and the team will be named on Wednesday,” Moin told reporters at the National Stadium.
Waqar and Misbah had a breakfast meeting with Moin before having extensive discussions with the rest of the national selection committee members here at the National Stadium.
According to inside reports, former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal and batsman Asad Shafiq out of the running for a place in the squad.
There was difference of opinion amongst the selectors about picking Nasir Jamshed as a third opener while they also considered using wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed as an opener.
Selectors were due to submit the final squad to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan for final approval after which it will be announced.
Earlier, Pakistan cricket team got another setback as former skipper of the cricket team has failed in unofficial bowling test carried out in one of laboratory of Indian city of Chennai, local media reported quoting sources.
According to the report, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has received unofficial initial test report of all-rounder Muhmmad Hafeez.
The initial report said that , Hafeez bowling action not fulfilled on 15 degree mark round the wicket and it is still more than required mark of 15 degree.
Over the wicket, Hafeez turned his arm at angles measuring from 16 to 18 degrees while roundthe wicket it ranged between 12 and 19 degrees, the source disclosed. It means that now Hafeez can’t be sent for the official ICC test this week to be cleared for bowling in the World Cup and now the national selectors have to decide whether he warrants a place in the final squad of 15 purely as a batsman, the source said.
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