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    Pakistan captain Wasim Akram opts out of home series against Sri Lanka

    Pakistan captain Wasim Akram opts out of home series against Sri Lanka, The News

    Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has made the job of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) advisory
    panel in selecting teams for the forthcoming series against Sri Lanka much easier. The star player
    has officially informed the PCB that he is unavailable for the series owing to prior commitments with
    the Channel IV television company in England, reports Paksitan daily 'The News'.
    Wasim had told PCB chairman General Tauqir Zia that he would not be able to play the three
    one-dayers and three Tests against Sri Lanka between February 13 and March 17.
    Wasim, who commentated for Channel IV during the England and New Zealand series last year
    after the World Cup, has also told the PCB that he would inform them about his availability for
    other international commitments after the series against Sri Lanka soon.
    Thus, Wasim has created a scenario where it remains to be seen if the seasoned allrounder would
    be able to fulfill his ambition of becoming the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket in the next few
    months when Pakistan play six more Tests in the West Indies and Sri Lanka.
    Pakistan would be playing a total of nine Tests between February and June. With Wasim opting out
    of the home series, it means the advisory panel would now be able to freely execute its plan to
    appoint a new skipper against Sri Lanka keeping in mind the next World Cup and also make some
    changes to the team.

    Although Moin Khan is being tipped to lead the side against Sri Lanka, sources close to the panel
    say the move is not final since some members are also backing Aamer Sohail and Rashid Latif for
    the job, as they argue both players got a raw deal during the time Wasim dominated cricket matters.
    Moin is currently deputy to Wasim in the ongoing triangular one-day series in Australia.
    Wasim, who became the first bowler in history to capture 400 one-day wickets few days ago in
    Australia, has always had a stormy relationship with the establishment ever since his name was
    linked to the match-fixing scandal. Despite moves to oust him he has weathered several storms
    during last two years to emerge as a successful leader, but in the process has also displayed
    dictatorial qualities and opposed the players who linked him to the match-fixing scandal. But now
    sources in Australia stated that he himself had got an inkling from the PCB that the advisory panel
    wanted to appoint someone else as captain.