KARACHI: Pakistan selectors Thursday rested some senior players, including former captains Shoaib Malik and Sarfaraz Ahmed, for their limited over home series against the West Indies to be played later this month.
Besides Malik and Sarfaraz, fast bowler Hasan Ali and spinning allrounder Imad Wasim will also not be part of the Twenty20 and one-day international squads.
Chief selector Mohammad Wasim said the players needed rest.
"We have been playing T20Is since October and now have a pretty settled and balanced side, so we have decided to rest Imad, Sarfaraz and Malik," Wasim said in a Pakistan Cricket Board release.
Young fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain returns to the squad after missing the Twenty20 World Cup and series in Bangladesh.
West Indies will play three Twenty20 internationals (December 13, 14 and 16) followed by as many one-day internationals (December 18, 20 and 22) all in Karachi.