Pakistan name World Cup squad

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Pakistan have named their 15 man squad tasked to win the World Cup down under in Australia and New Zealand.

The selectors have gone for youth this time round as experienced players like Umar Gul, Sohail Tanveer and Kamran Akmal all miss out.

Batsman Sohaib Maqsood and bowlers Juniad Khan and Ehsan Adil have been included in the squad after recovering from injuries which ruled them out of the test series in New Zealand.

Shoaib Malik has been included by selectors along with Shahid Afridi who will be making his fifth appearance at a World Cup.

The exclusion of spinner Saeed Ajmal will be a big blow for the Pakistanis after he withdrew from the preliminary squad after he was suspended in September due to his suspect bowling action.

Despite the experienced players that have been left at home chief selector Moin Khan believes they have picked the strongest squad possible.

“This is the best possible squad from the available resources, and the selectors collectively believe it has the requisite talent and skill-set to recapture the World Cup down under after 22 years.”

Pakistan have a difficult start to the World Cup as they face rivals India in their very first game in Pool B.

If Misbah Ul-Haq and his men can beat the Indians it will give them great confidence to go on and mount a serious challenge to lift the trophy.

Squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Ehsan Adil, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz.

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