LAHORE - The Pakistan Cricket Board Friday recalled dope-tainted pacer Mohammad Asif and dropped all-rounder Abdul Razzaq as they announced the 15-member Champions Trophy squad. The tournament will held in South Africa from September 20 to October 5. In another move Misbahul Haq has been removed as the deputy to Younis Khan and instead Shahid Khan Afridi has been made vice captain. Amid changes in the team management, Shafqat Rana replaced Mohammad Ahmed to assist manager Yawar Saeed and Mohtasim Rasheed comes in as a fielding coach. Addressing a press conference, chairman selection committee Iqbal Qasim, sitting next to chairman PCB Ijaz Butt, said that they have opted for experience for the prestigious eight-nation event with little reliance of young players. PCB chairman Ijaz Butt was "The team was announced keeping in view the conditions in South Africa, the wickets and the compatibility of the squad," he said. Pakistan is placed in Group A of the eight-nation event. The team will open its campaign with a match against the West Indies. "Asif completes his 12-month ban for a doping offence on September 22, one day before Pakistan play their opening game and he will reach South Africa on September 21 while the team will leave on 17th," said the chairman. Asif replaces all-rounder Abdul Razzaq in the only change from the one-day squad that recently toured Sri Lanka. Asif has not played any cricket since July last year and was banned last September by the PCB after testing positive for the anabolic steroid nandrolone while playing for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League. "He has served his time and we feel he can be a big asset for the team in such a big tournament," Qasim added. On the omission of Razzaq, the chief selector said that they had to include two all-rounders in the team and Rana Navedul Hasan came out slightly better than Razzaq in his recent performance. "We could not compromise in all-rounders department. Fawad Alam was selected as a batsman and Salman Butt was already out of the team before the team of 30 was picked due to his poor performance," he added. He said that it is the best lot of players. "All we need to do is boost their confidence. I will be contacting all the players individually to rebuild their confidence," he said. Qasim further said that the youngsters like Umar Akmal, Mohammad Amer and Ajmal have come as a gift and there are a lot more fresh faces waiting for a place in the team. "There will be gradual changes but after the Champions Trophy," he said. The PCB chairman informed that the camp training of the team will start at Lahore under lights from September 1. "The camp will start at 6.30 pm and continue till 11 pm," he added. On changes in the team management, the chief selector said Mohtashim Rasheed will replace Aaqib Javed as the assistant coach and Mohammad Ahmed makes way for Shafqat Rana. "The changes have been ordered for the Champions trophy because the governing council at its last meeting felt there was a need to change the support staff in the team," one official said. He said the contracts of coach Intikhab Alam and manager Yawar Saeed were also being reviewed. "Aaqib who was also the bowling coach has been sent back to the National Cricket Academy and Mohtashim who has worked as fielding coach with the national team takes his place," said Mr Butt. He said Shafqat Rana, a former Test player and national selector, has been brought in because of his vast experience and to provide support to Yawar Saeed. "The board will once again review the performances of the support staff after the Champions Trophy," he added. On Shoaib Akhtar, Qasim said that he was not in the team of 30 players and will be considered for the later events. The PCB also announced five reserve players and Razzaq, Abdur Rauf and Nasir Jamshed were also missing from among them. Squad: Younis Khan (capt), Imran Nazir, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umer Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Rana Naved-ul Hasan, Fawad Alam, Moahmmad Yousuf, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamir, Mohammad Asif, Rao Iftikhar, Saeed Ajmal. Reserves: Sarfraz Ahmad, Khalid Latif, Shaharyar Ghani, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Talha. Team Officials: Yawar Saeed (Manager), Shafqat Rana (Associate Manager), Intikhab Alam (Coach), Mohtashim Rasheed (Fielding Coach), David Dwyer (Trainer), Umar Farooq (Analyst), Faisal Hayat (Physio), Abdul Rauf (Masseur).