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Expressing dissatisfaction over the way Pakistan Cricket Board's selection panel work, skipper Shoaib Malik said he wants to have a say in the final selection of the team.
"The composition of the final eleven is discussed with selectors, myself and the coach try to convince the selectors but the final decision rests with them and it is also mentioned in the players central contract," Malik said.

According to sources, Malik had asked for more powers in selection matters leading to a heated discussion with the selectors and some Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and governing body officials at the recent meeting held to review the performance of the team in the Asia Cup.

Malik was apparently upset over the exclusion of the wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal from the Asia Cup squad.

"Six teams in the world have wicketkeepers opening their batting in one-dayers. Kamran has scored more centuries than any other keeper in Pakistan's history and I believe his elevation as opener gave us depth in batting or bowling.

"Nasir Jamshed and Salman Butt are doing great job now and team combination is excellent but the decision taken to use Kamran as an opener was combined and we try to follow a plan and get inputs from senior players," he said.

Malik, however, avoided commenting on senior batsman Mohammad Yousuf's decision not to make himself available for the Champions Trophy because of his religious commitments.

"As far as Yousuf is concerned this matter goes to the Pakistan board and they will look into it. They will decide what to do. My job is to organise good cricket and training for the players," Malik said. PTI
 
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