Thursday, July 10, 2008

Shoaib & Asif to play in ICC Champions Trophy 2008

Controversial Pakistani pace duo of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif got some reprieve after the national selectors included them in the shortlist of 35 players for the Champions Trophy, although the final decision on their participation rests on the Cricket Board.
Sources close to the selectors said that a shortlist of 35 players had been sent to the PCB out of which 30 would be approved for the tournament. The International Cricket Council regulations state that all the participating teams have to submit names of 30 probable two months before the start of the tournament and the final 15 squad a month before the event.
"The selectors have included Shoaib and Asif because they believe that since there is much time left before the start of the Champions Trophy, they should not be ignored for selection," one source said. "The selectors believe that if available they should play for Pakistan and strengthen the pace attack," he added.

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