Pakistan drops Shoaib Akhtar for BD tour

LAHORE: Pakistan Wednesday omitted yet-to-be fully fit Shoaib Akhtar from a 16-man squad for this month''s tour of Bangladesh where they play two Twenty20 and five one-day internationals.

The team departs on March 7 and play the first of two Twenty20 matches on March 10. The other Twenty20 and the first three one-day matches are scheduled for Dhaka. The last two one-day matches will be played in Chittagong.

Squad: Younus Khan (capt), Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Fawad Alam, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanver, Mohammad Aamir, Yasir Arafat, Yasir Shah, Rao Iftikhar, Sarfraz Ahmed.

Fixtures: March 7 - Departure from Karachi, March 10 - Ist Twenty20 in Dhaka, March 12 - Second Twenty20 in Dhaka, March 13 - Ist one-day international in Dhaka, March 15 - Second one-day international in Dhaka, March 17 - Third one-day international in Dhaka , March 20 - Fourth one-day international in Chittagong and March 22 - Fifth one-day international in Chittagong.