Pakistan to rest few seniors for West Indies tour: Sources

Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 20:50 PM IST

Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has delayed the announcement of the national squad for the tour to the West Indies but sources say senior players such as Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan and Abdul Razzaq would be rested.

The national selectors, captain and the coach were involved in hectic deliberations today but no announcement was made since PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt has not yet given approval.

Well placed sources revealed that the selectors and the team management agreed on resting senior players and dropping Ahmed Shehzad for the tour.

According to sources, there is still some "debate on selection of Fawad Alam and that`s why the announcement has been deferred".

It has been learnt that wicketkeeper Salman Ahmed will replace Kamran while Hammad Azam will come in place of Razzaq. Pacer Aizaz Cheema and either Khalid Latif or Khurrum Manzoor will also be part of the squad.

Pakistan team will leave on April 16 to play one T20, five ODIs and two Tests in the Caribbean.

The source said the selectors and management were firm that their should not be too much experimentation in the Test side.

"Misbah-ul-Haq despite the criticism he faced for his innings in the World Cup semi-final against India is in the side," the source added.

"The Pakistan Board later said the team would be announced tomorrow but confirmed that Waqar Younis has been retained as head coach, Aaqib Javed as assistant coach and Intikhab Alam as the manager.