LAHORE – Axe fell on senior batsman Younus Khan as he was dropped from a 30-man initial squad for the eight-nation Champions Trophy in the wake of his continuous failure in the limited-overs game. The 35-year-old Younus has had a disappointed tour in South Africa where he managed just 116 runs at 23.20 in the ODI series against Proteas earlier this month which Pakistan lost 3-2 and also showed lapses in the fielding. Chief selector Iqbal Qasim said the Pakistani squad was a “mix of youth and experience”. “Younus’ name was not considered after he did not show the form in the last few matches,” he said. There were reports last week that Younus was contemplating retirement from one-day cricket after giving up Twenty20 following the team’s 2009 World Twenty20 victory in England under his captaincy. But sources close to Younus denied he was retiring from one-day cricket. Younus has had a difficult ODI run in recent years and his last century came as long back in November 2008, and in three of the previous four years he has averaged less than 25. He was also dropped from the team for a series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates last August before getting a call from selectors during the India tour in last December. Younus has so far scored 7014 runs in 253 one-day internationals after making his debut 13 years ago.The recent failures of senior citizens of Pakistan team has already drawn criticism and there were calls for their heads and Younus exclusion means the other veterans including captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi would have to show some spark before bowing out elegantly. It’s time for these players to show some dignity and before getting boot from the selectors either show performance or retire with some honour.The experienced all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, who hasn’t played an ODI since November 2011, continued to be ignored by the national selectors. Razzaq is out-of-favour from the PCB since he sharply criticised Twenty20 captain M Hafeez’ tactics in the Twenty20 World Cup, as the seasoned all-rounder was completely ignored by the team management in the World Cup where he is feared most by the opponents. Despite giving a fair deal to the veteran all-rounder, who has a unique record to snatch many games for Pakistan from the jaws of defeat, the PCB is giving him rough treatment to show the urge and sincerity towards the cause of Pakistan.The other major exclusion from the squad was of 20-year-old left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, who is looking to make his comeback after suffering a spine injury last December. Hasan had made an impact during the World Twenty20 last year, playing in four matches in that campaign. Veteran left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman has been given preference over Raza though Rehman was not included any of the matches in the South African tour. Shahid Afridi, who was given a ‘last chance’ by the selectors in South Africa has also survived the initial cut and is much likely to retain his place.Pakistan is in group B of the event to be held in England from June 3-23. The other teams in their group are arch-rivals India, the West Indies and South Africa. Defending champions Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England form group A. All teams had April 6 as the cutoff date to announce their initial squad to be trimmed to 15 in May. Pakistan face the West Indies in their opening match on June 7 before clashing with South Africa (June 10) and arch-rivals India on June 15. PROBABLES: Nasir Jamshed, M Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Ahmed Shehzad, Misbah-ul-Haq, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Umer Amin, Sohail Tanvir, Hammad Azam, Azhar Ali, Shahid Afridi, Asad Ali, Anwar Ali, Junaid Khan, M Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Rahat Ali, Ehsan Adil, Imran Khan, Aizaz Cheema, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Zulfiqar Babar, Kamran Akmal, M Rizwan.