Pakistan snub disappoints duo
Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik have expressed their disappointment after being omitted from the Pakistan squad to tour New Zealand.
Last Updated: 01/12/10 3:58pm
Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik have both expressed their disappointment after being omitted from the Pakistan squad for the tour of New Zealand.
Neither have been named in the Test or Twenty20 squads for the tour, with the chief selector Mohsin Khan saying they had not been cleared for selection.
There has been no confirmation for the reason behind the decision, although Kamran has reportedly been linked with fresh match-fixing allegations.
But the wicketkeeper insists that the International Cricket Council has not found reason to suspend him and he is free to play.
"I am disappointed at being left out, because I passed an email from the ICC to the PCB last month which cleared my name for selection, so I should know why my name was excluded," the 28-year-old told AFP.
Kamran's name was mentioned in footage shown by Pakistan television channel Geo in which Mazhar Majeed, who was at the centre of the original allegations, reportedly reveals new match-fixing claims.
"Majeed has been a Pakistani players' agent. He was Inzamam-ul-Haq's agent, (Mohammad) Yousuf's agent and an agent for several other players, including Umar Gul and Salman Butt. But I have never been involved in any wrongdoing," Kamran said.
He added: "I am performing well at first-class level, so I still hope to play for Pakistan in the one-day series against New Zealand and then in next year's World Cup."
The squad for six-match one-day international series with the Black Caps is yet to be announced.
Malik, meanwhile, has also been left out despite his impressive form in recent domestic matches.
He said: "I am really disappointed. I have performed well in the domestic season."
The former captain firmly denied any wrongdoing regarding the allegations of match-fixing.
"Throughout my 11-year career I have never been involved in any wrongdoing and was not even in the team when all those (fixing) allegations were levelled," he added.