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Pakistan drop Afridi, Shehzad from England tour

AFP logoAFP 02-05-2016
(FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2016 shows Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi during the Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.Shahid Afridi on April 3 announced he has stepped down as Pakistan's captain in the game's shortest format following his team's early exit from the World Twenty20. © Provided by AFP (FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2016 shows Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi during the Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament match between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.Shahid Afridi on April 3 announced he has stepped down as Pakistan's captain in the game's shortest format following his team's early exit from the World Twenty20.

Pakistan's new selectors dropped star players Shahid Afridi, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal from next month's tour of England, stressing there would be no compromises after the country's disastrous exit from the World Twenty20 in India.

Former Afghanistan coach Inzamam-ul-Haq, who is heading up the newly formed selection committee as part of wholesale changes following last month's tournament humiliation, announced 35 players would attend boot camp starting in Kakul from May 14 to June 4.

"Since we are playing only four Twenty20 matches this year we want to give new players a chance, and that will also allow Afridi to rest and perform in domestic matches," Inzamam said at a news conference in Lahore.

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