Lahore - Pakistan left all-rounders Mohammad 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 squad after scoring 1 200-plus runs in the two domestic
one-day tournaments, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said.
The 28-year-old has so far played 12 Tests for Pakistan.
Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the side, which opens their Cup
campaign against the wildcard 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 one-day 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
told media while announcing the squad in Lahore.
The Asia Cup begins September 15 and features India,
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and a qualifier team.
Six teams - Hong Kong, Singapore, Nepal, United Arab
Emirates, Oman and Malaysia - are currently 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.
Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari and Shaheen Shah Afridi