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Pakistan drop Shoaib Malik from limited-overs squad

Twenty20 & one-day international series: England v Pakistan
Dates: 5-22 September
Venues: Cardiff, Chester-le-Street, Headingley, The Oval, Lord's, Rose Bowl
Coverage: Live ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and BBC Sport website; live text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles; Also live on Sky Sports, with highlights on Channel 5

Shoaib Malik
Mailk has struggled for form in England this summer

Shoaib Malik has been dropped by Pakistan for September's Twenty20 and one-day internationals against England.

The all-rounder and ex-captain is part of Pakistan's Test squad that trails England 2-1 in the four-match series, but was dropped for the third Test.

Shahid Afridi continues to lead the side in the limited-overs formats, and paceman Shoaib Akhtar is in the squad.

But another former captain, batsman Younus Khan, was not cleared to play by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

"We can only select a player who is cleared by the board and who is 100% fit, both are issues with Younus," explained chief selector Mohsin Khan.

"At the moment, Younus's name was not cleared by the PCB chairman [Ijaz Butt] so he was not considered."

Younus, 32, and fellow batsman Mohammad Yousuf were handed indefinite bans from international cricket by the PCB following the disastrous winter tour of Australia, in which Pakistan lost all three Tests, five one-dayers and the solitary Twenty20 international - while Malik and seamer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan were given one-year bans.

Malik, who has played in 32 Test matches and 192 one-day internationals. married Indian tennis player Sania Mirza in April and had his PCB ban lifted in May.

But the 28-year-old managed only 53 runs and two wickets in the two Tests he played against England.


Veteran batsman Yousuf, who has also had his ban lifted and was recalled after Pakistan's heavy defeat in the first Test, is in the one-day party, although he has not played a one-day international since January, and only featured in one Twenty20 international in 2006.

However, Younus remains out in the cold - despite having played in England earlier this season, featuring for Surrey in the domestic Twenty20 competition.

Four other players currently with the Test squad are omitted from the one-day squad - Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Umar Amin and Tanvir Ahmed, while there is no place for slow left-armer Abdur Rehman who was in the squad for their recent Twenty20 internationals against Australia in England.

However, limited-overs regulars Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq, Shahzaib Hasan and Fawad Alam, who played against Australia, all return after missing the Tests - while batsman Mohammad Hafeez is recalled, having been out of contention since the ICC World Twenty20 in May.

Lord's hosts the final Test match of the series from Thursday before the two countries turn their attention to limited-overs cricket.

Cardiff will host both Twenty20 internationals against England, on 5 and 7 September, before the five-match one-day international series starts from 10 September.

Afridi hopes it will allow him to assess the squad before next year's World Cup.

"The next World Cup is just six months away, so we have to keep a pool of 20-22 players and this series against England will give us a good chance to prepare for the World Cup," he said.

Pakistan one-day and Twenty20 squad: Shahid Afridi (capt), Salman Butt, Shahzaib Hasan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Yousuf, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Fawad Alam, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Wahab Riaz.

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