KARACHI: Opener Imran Farhat has pulled out of Pakistan's tour to Zimbabwe, citing personal reasons, and has been replaced by the uncapped Shan Masood, Pakistani cricket chiefs announced Tuesday.

The 31-year-old Farhat has failed to cement his place in the Pakistan team in a turbulent 13-year career and has often been criticised for lack of consistency.

“Farhat has informed the Board and the national selection committee that due to domestic matters which require his immediate attention he will be unable to proceed to Zimbabwe with the team,” said a Pakistan Cricket Board release.

Farhat had been named in the Test squad for the tour starting on August 23, in which Pakistan will play two Twenty20s, three one-day internationals and two Tests.

“The selection committee has consulted and Masood has been selected to replace Farhat in the Test Squad,” the PCB said.

Farhat has so far played 40 Tests for Pakistan, the last of which was in South Africa in February this year.

Masood, 23, is a promising left-handed opener who has been scoring heavily in domestic cricket and has several tours under his belt with Pakistan's second string “A” team.

Pakistan Test squad: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Adnan Akmal, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz1, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman.

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August 13, 2013 8:00 pm

A good Decision by Imran Farhat. At least the player himself has some sense of honor. Selectors are shameless

August 13, 2013 8:22 pm

Good decision, we had enough of Mr. Farhat, years of attempts in the team but diddnt work. I dont think anyone else in country would have got so many chances. But sad to see selectors still ignoring Muhammad Yousuf to give him good farewell for all his services!!!! Shame to PCB.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
August 13, 2013 9:31 pm

It is in fact a blessing in disguise. He definitely needed a break.

During this time off from the game, he must ponder into his 'not so impressive' on and off the field performances as an opening batsman of the Pakistani cricket team since last 12 or 13 years or so that he has been able to represent his country at the top level. In my personal opinion, his brother Humayun Farhat is more talented than him. Mind it, Humayun is also a wicket-keeper and if he was provided the same number of chances to represent 'green-shirts' at the top level like Imran Farhat, he would have won more laurels and established better records with much impressive performances than Imran Farhat.

August 13, 2013 9:39 pm

One down one left

August 13, 2013 9:42 pm

Farhat is son-in-law of a PCB official thats why he still lingers on despite poor prevalent performance.

Syed W. Ali
August 13, 2013 9:46 pm

Dear Farhat,

May you live long and prosper ... away from the batting pitch. Jazak-Allaho Khairun for stepping aside as this may stand as the greatest contribution from you for Cricket Pakistan.


ahmed i rana
August 13, 2013 9:56 pm

that is best news for Pakistan cricket and for his father in law

Waqas Siddiqi
August 13, 2013 9:57 pm

Thanks Imran Farhat, its your personal favour to the Nation, the fans and to the Test Cricket! Atleast we as cricket fans have something different to look forward from Shan, as we all know what you would have done!

ahmed i rana
August 13, 2013 9:57 pm

that is the best news for pakistan cricket and his father in law

August 13, 2013 11:50 pm

May be there is a bit Gharaat left in him...........Shukaar Alhamdulliah

August 13, 2013 11:54 pm

Great news. But Fawad Alam should have been considered. I remember the day when a selector Mohammad Ilyas created history by resigning when the chief selector Mohsin Hassan Khan selected Fawad Alam against his recommendation. Ilyas was insisting that his son-in-law Imran Farhat should be part of the team. Later when Ilyas became chief selector, Imran Farhat became an automatic choice for all tours and he failed miserably in all of them.

August 14, 2013 12:36 am

Thank you Farhat.

August 14, 2013 12:48 am

Good. No one wants you in the team.

August 14, 2013 1:02 am

Good riddance...!

August 14, 2013 1:13 am

Good that he listened to thousands of voices against his selection. His initial selection was a shame to selectors because Farhat was given many chances and he failed. Let it be known that only performance and fitness will be selection criteria.

August 14, 2013 1:16 am

tragic indeed... a good player the only one to come out of disastrous South Africa tour with flying colours, he is good against pace. To me he looks as a gentleman and as such i think he has pulled out for genuine pprinciple ...unlike Faisal Iqbal...

August 14, 2013 2:00 am

Thank God, now I believe prayers can be answered. I hope he is axed for the future from national team as well.

August 14, 2013 2:36 am

Ya Allah tera shukar!!!

August 14, 2013 3:23 am

Thank you Farhat. I wish you would have used your pst performance and poor technique as the reason but we'll accept it as long as you are not playing. I wish good health for your wife.

Ali Khan
August 14, 2013 3:32 am

It goes on to prove that no matter how many times these batsmen fail,we have no choice but to forgive them and select them again.

ishrat husain MDFACS
August 14, 2013 3:51 am

its about time,what a hopeless performance,i still cant understand the brain waves in people who are on slection committee.brain scans will be a good start.

August 14, 2013 6:10 am

Its a blessing in desguis......... shame on PCB they should have rested senior players and given a chance to young blood.. Look at Indian side....... I dont know when would conservative approach change..... God help our nation

August 14, 2013 7:50 am

Umar Akmal,Harish Sohail,Taufeeq Umar are too good players to be kept out of test team.Faisal Iqbal should be out of team.

Nadeem Mirza
August 14, 2013 9:27 am

At least some one has little sense and pride. Now Mohammad Hafiz should also withdraw from test squad if he has little pride left. Selection committee had another chance to right the wrong they did with Nasir Jamshed and Umar Akmal but they again blew it!

August 14, 2013 9:43 am

Blessing in disguise!!

August 14, 2013 10:19 am

Pulls out or Pushed out not clear. But we have to be thankful to some one.

August 14, 2013 10:20 am

Thank you for leaving!

Ali Vaqar Awan
August 14, 2013 10:39 am

Its a great relief that Imran Farhat has withdrawn himself from Zimbabawe tour. He has never delivered so far in his horrific 13 year career. Even his stats and current form do not give solid reading. The day Imran Farhat retires for good it will be greatest ever relief for Pakistan cricket and our team.

Nasim khan
August 14, 2013 2:25 pm

Thanks God, that he himself decided not tour, at least he showed some courage and decided to opt out of the tour due to his personal reasons, but it is laudable, he is not a bad player, there were some worst players have survived in the pakistan team, but he lacks commitment and focused, what i believe, he is like Rohit Sharma as per attitude wise, but Rohit is much talented players and technically very sound, all the best to Masood

A. Khan
August 14, 2013 3:03 pm

Why is this such big news ? Farhat should retire from international cricket as his performance has been sub-par for many years. Yet because of the shortage of talented crickets, the selectors keep bringing him back or is it because he has the right connections ?

ishrat husain MDFACS
August 14, 2013 5:02 pm

@Taimur: agree100%

August 14, 2013 6:13 pm

He should have admitted long before. Now he is doing because it id mandatory for his term.

August 14, 2013 8:26 pm

@malik: No he does not have any sense of honor or shame. He is after all a Pakisani who knows only one thing and that is corruption.

August 14, 2013 8:27 pm

Imran Farhat or his father-in-law has no shame and no sense of honor. His father-in-law should resign from PCB. PCB should amend their constitution to discourage the prevalent nepotism

ishrat husain
August 14, 2013 11:04 pm

good news for pakistan cricket

August 16, 2013 9:12 am

Bye Bye Farhat. Good bye Farhat

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