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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

LAHORE, Pakistan - Pakistan yesterday dropped big-hitting allrounder Shahid Afridi from their squad for the three-match one-day international series against arch-rivals India starting this month.

The 32-year-old captained Pakistan in their 2011 World Cup campaign, which ended in a semi-final defeat to India, but has been in poor form of late, managing just 76 runs and five wickets in his last 10 one-dayers.

He will miss the 50-over series — the neighbours' first in five years — but selectors kept faith with him for the shortest form of the game, naming him in the 15-man Twenty20 squad led by Mohammad Hafeez.

Shoaib Malik likewise misses out on the one-day squad but makes the T20 list, while experienced allrounder Abdul Razzaq was axed altogether as chief selector Iqbal Qasim said it was time to blood some younger players in one of sport's fiercest rivalries.





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