Pakistan drop Afridi from Champions Trophy squad

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 29, 2013 18:08 hrs

Shahid Afridi has been left out of Pakistan’s squad for the Champions Trophy after allrounder’s poor one-day international form during the past year.

Afridi has scored only 161 runs at an average of 17.88 and taken just four wickets at an astonishing cost of 113.75 runs each in the last 12 ODIs, leading selectors to exclude him from the eight-team competition in England in June.

Fast bowler Asad Ali is the only uncapped player in the 15-man squad.

The selectors also left out middle-order batsman Umar Akmal, who didn’t figure in the last ODI series against South Africa despite being selected in the 15-man squad.

Pakistan is in Group B of the Champions Trophy alongside West Indies, South Africa and fierce rival India.

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