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Pakistan drop pacer Riaz for Ban tour

Press Trust Of India
Nov 23, 2011 at 02:06pm IST

Lahore: Pakistani selectors on Monday omitted left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz from the squad named for the upcoming series against Bangladesh after his name cropped up during the spot-fixing trials in London early this month.

The selection committee headed by Mohammad Illyas made only one change in the Test squad that recently played against Sri Lanka in the UAE with young pacer Mohammad Talha replacing Riaz for the tour starting from November 26.

In the one-day squad, also named on Monday, there was only one change with leg-spinner Yasir Shah coming into the side.

Pakistan drop pacer Riaz for Ban tour

Riaz's name cropped up frequently during the spot-fixing trials in London recently.

The selectors also continued to ignore wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

Misbah-ul-Haq was retained as captain for the full series after he led Pakistan to a Test and ODI series win over Sri Lanka in the UAE.

The names of Riaz and Akmal were mentioned during the spot-fixing trial held in London in which Pakistani players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were handed jail terms by a court for their involvement in corruption and cheating during last year's Lord's Test.

Although chief selector Illyas did not elaborate on why Riaz and Akmal had been omitted, sources said that the national selectors had not got clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board to consider the duo for the tour.

"Unofficially after their names were mentioned during the spot-fixing trial in London, it has been decided to keep them on the sidelines until the matter is sorted out with the ICC," the source said.

Riaz was a member of the Pakistan Test squad that played against Sri Lanka in the UAE last month but was subsequently dropped for the ODI series against the Lankans.

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