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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Pakistan leave out Mohammed Hafeez from Asia Cup squad in UAE

Other all-rounder Imad Wasim also ignored by selectors due to fitness concerns

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was part of Pakistan's 5-0 ODI series win in Zimbabwe in July, but was not played in any of the matches. AFP
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was part of Pakistan's 5-0 ODI series win in Zimbabwe in July, but was not played in any of the matches. AFP

Pakistan left all-rounders Mohammed Hafeez and Imad Wasim out of a 16-man squad for the six-nation Asia Cup, to be played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from next week, selectors announced on Tuesday.

But left-handed opener Shan Masood gets his first chance in Pakistan's one-day international squad after scoring 1,200-plus runs in the two domestic one-day tournaments, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said.

Masood, 28, has so far played 12 Tests for Pakistan.

Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the side, which opens their cup campaign against the wild-card entrant on September 16 before taking on arch-rivals India in a highly-anticipated match three days later. Both rounds are in Dubai.

Hafeez, 37, was part of Pakistan's 5-0 ODI series win in Zimbabwe in July, but was not played in any of the matches.

"We conducted fitness tests and since there is no compromise on fitness we have not included Hafeez and Imad Wasim," Inzamam said while announcing the squad in Lahore.

The Asia Cup begins on September 15 and features India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and a qualifier team.

Six teams - Hong Kong, Singapore, Nepal, the UAE, Oman and Malaysia - are facing off in Kuala Lumpur to secure the final berth.

Cup teams are divided in two groups. Two sides are culled for the Super Four rounds, after which the top two finishers go to the September 28 final in Dubai.

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Sarfraz (c), Zaman, Imam, Masood, Azam, Malik, Asif, Sohail, Shadab, Nawaz, Ashraf, Hasan, Amir, Junaid, Shinwari and Afridi

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