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Pakistan cricket team for India tour announced

Shahid Afridi
Image caption Shahid Afridi has been dropped from one-day internationals

Pakistan has dropped all-rounder Shahid Afridi for one-day internationals while retaining him for the Twenty20 games for the team's upcoming cricket series in India.

The selectors also dropped opening batsman Imran Nazir and allrounder Abdul Razzaq from the tour.

Pakistan will undertake a limited-overs tour in December and January.

The last series between India and Pakistan in either country was in 2007-2008 when Pakistan visited India.

Ties between the two countries' cricket authorities were hit by the 2008 Mumbai attacks, in which 175 people died. The attack was blamed on a Pakistan-based militant group.

Afridi, a veteran of 349 one-day internationals, played in 16 one-dayers in 2012 but scored only 182 runs with one half-century, against England at Dubai in February.

"If he performs in the Twenty20s then he can make a comeback into the one-day team," chief selector Iqbal Qasim said.

"It was a difficult decision [to drop Afridi]. He is a great player who can win matches, but in the interest of the team we have decided to leave him out."

The forthcoming series in India will feature three ODIs and two Twenty20s.

The games will be played in Chennai, Delhi, Calcutta, Ahmedabad and Bangalore between 25 December and 6 January 2013.

Twenty20 squad: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmad Shahzad, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Asad Ali, Zulfiqar Babar

One-day squad: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Harris Sohail, Kamran Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Zulfiqar Babar, Anwar Ali.

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