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Inzamam, Akram, Anwar out

Karachi: Pakistan cricket was plunged into crisis on Sunday as top players Wasim Akram, Saeed Anwar and Inzamam-ul-Haq opted out of next month’s series against Australia.

While Inzamam is out due to a heel injury, Akram and Anwar have opted out to take some much needed rest from a team that has been plagued by a recent run of poor performances.

“It’s disappointing that some senior players have opted out of the series but it’s their decision and we have to honour it,” chief selector Wasim Bari said.

Bari, while refusing to comment on the situation, tried to downplay the crisis saying the absence of the senior players will give the PCB a chance to start the rebuilding process earlier than planned.

“Wasim has been playing regular cricket but Anwar’s decision looks strange but now the selection committee will sit down and consider the available options,” Bari said. “Coach Mudassar Nazar is arriving home on Monday and we will get his word before taking decisions.”

Former captain and coach Intikhab Alam termed the developments as “shocking and disappointing”. “It’s shocking and disappointing and what I smell is there is something terribly wrong in the team which led to Wasim and Anwar’s pull out.”

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