Afridi axed from ODI squad

Former captain Shahid Afridi has been left out of Pakistan's squad for the three-match one-day international series against arch-rivals India.

The hard-hitting all-rounder, a veteran of 349 one-day appearances, has been included in a separate squad for the two Twenty20 internationals that kick off the tour over Christmas.

But Afrida scored only 182 runs in 16 one-dayers in 2012, and Pakistan Cricket Board chief selector Iqbal Qasim warned that he must impress in the 20-over format "if he wants to be considered for the future one-day internationals."

"If he performs in the Twenty20s then he can make a comeback into the one-day team," Qasim. "It was a difficult decision. He is a great player who can win matches, but in the interest of the team we have decided to left him out."

Opening batsman Imran Nazir and veteran all-rounder Abdul Razzaq have been omitted from both squads, while left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar and paceman Asad Ali were handed their first call-ups.

"We have tried to infuse new blood into both teams as we feel the way forward in these formats is to try out new faces," said Qasim. "We want to give exposure to more young players."

The series, the first between the two nations since 2007, starts with Twenty20 clashes in Bangalore on Christmas Day and in Ahmedabad two days later.

Chennai hosts the first one-day international on 30 December, followed by matches in Kolkata (3 January) and New Delhi (6 January).

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

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