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    Akram steps down in Pakistan shake-up

    Wasim Akram stepped down as Pakistan captain on Thursday amid sweeping changes in the wake of his team's recent disastrous tour of Australia.

    Opener Saeed Anwar was named to take over as skipper for the forthcoming limited overs and test series at home to Sri Lanka, starting on Sunday.

    ``Wasim Akram has voluntarily decided to step down as Pakistan captain due to his family obligations and to concentrate more towards his increasing domestic commitments,'' Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) director of operations Yawar Saeed said in a statement.

    Akram's decision comes after his side lost all three tests and six out of 10 one-day internationals during their Australian tour.

    The 33-year-old all-rounder, who was appointed for his fourth tenure as captain early last year, is still to be part of the team.

    The PCB have responded to the wretched results in Australia by dropping Ijaz Ahmed, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Waqar Younis, Wajahatullah Wasti and Mohammad Wasim for the opening one-day match against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

    All-rounder Azhar Mahmood has been left out because of injury while fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is banned by the PCB for the first match because of his bad conduct on the Australian tour.

    Pakistan have called up five players who were in the youth World Cup in Sri Lanka last month for the one-day series opener in Karachi: Imran Abbas, Yasir Arafat, Zahid Saeed, Faisal Iqbal and Imran Nazir.

    Also chosen is middle-order batsman Younis Khan, who scored over 1,100 runs this season with two double centuries.

    Experienced opener Aamir Sohail has been recalled after he was omitted both for the World Cup in England last year and for the Australian tour.

    ``The PCB, with an eye for the future, has attempted at providing a blend of youth and experience and the announced team depicts that constructive idea,'' Yawar Saeed said.

    ``The dropped players will be duly considered for future commitments as required,'' he added.

    For Saeed Anwar, a veteran of 197 one-day internationals, it will be the second stint as captain. He previously led Pakistan in 1996-97 against New Zealand and against South Africa in 1997-98 when Akram was injured.

    ``It's a huge responsibility to lead the team, particularly after they performed poorly in Australia,'' Anwar said from Lahore. ``But we will be playing in home conditions which makes it a little easier.''

    Sri Lanka are playing three one-day internationals and three tests on their tour of Pakistan.

    Pakistan one-day squad: Saeed Anwar (captain), Aamir Sohail, Imran Nazir, Younis Khan, Faisal Iqbal, Imran Abbas, Yousuf Youhana, Moin Khan, Yasir Arafat, Abdur Razzaq, Wasim Akram, Zahid Saeed, Shahid Nazir, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Malik.


    At last the board has shown some sense and dropped Ijaz and Inzi.

    now you r saying the same thing that I said ages ago .why ? what's the reason of this cha
    nge .
    in rough words
    GANDOO kay bachay jub main kha raha tha tu us waqat pakistani team ko tu bund day raha tha jo un ki support kar raha tha .


      Buri baat A486!!!

      "Verily, I am leaving behind two precious things among you: the Book of God and my kindred, my household..(Sahi Muslim, Hadith Thaqalayn is narrated by thirty plus Companions of the Prophet)