Chief selector Moin Khan said that both Gul and Irfan were not 100 percent fit, so the selectors had decided against taking a risk with them due to the heavy international calendar of the national team until World Cup 2015.

All-rounder Muhammad Hafeez has also been ignored for the Test squad once again and indications of this had come when he was given an NOC by the cricket board to go and play in the Caribbean Premier League, the dates of which clash with the two Tests in Sri Lanka starting on August 6.

Gul suffered a recurrence of his knee injury which has troubled him since last year, forcing him to also undergo knee surgery in Australia in May, 2013.

Gul, the senior most pacer in the present Pakistan team, suffered the recurrence of the knee problem while playing in the recent MCC and rest of the World match at Lords in which he bowled just two overs.

Moin said Irfan had still not gained 100 percent fitness from his hip fracture injury that he suffered last year in UAE while playing against South Africa.

"Irfan is a key bowler for us keeping in mind the World Cup so we want to ensure he slowly gets back to top fitness by the time the series against Australia and New Zealand is played later this year," he said.

In another surprise, the selectors have ignored regular Test keeper Adnan Akmal for the two matches and decided to go with Sarfaraz Ahmed who was called in as a late replacement for Adnan during the last series against Sri Lanka in the UAE.

But interestingly the selectors have picked no specialist keeper for the five one-day matches indicating they will go with Umar behind the stumps, a role he has fulfilled a number of times last year.

(Agencies)

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