Misbah to lead Pakistan against South Africa in Tests
27 September, 2013
LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has retained Misbahul Haq as captain for next month's Test series against South Africa and chosen 23-year-old batsman Umar Amin as skipper of A team for a three-day warm-up game against the Proteas.
A PCB spokesman said on Thursday that Misbah would lead the Test team but the full Test squad would be announced later. Amin, a left-hander, lost his place in the Test team three years ago when he scored only 99 runs in four Tests during Pakistan's controversial tour of England in 2010. The series was marred by a spot-fixing scandal after which three Pakistan players were banned for several years and Misbah became the captain in Test and one-day internationals. The three-day match will be in Sharjah from October 8-10 followed by Test matches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
A training camp for Pakistan probables will be held from coming Monday, and 28 players will participate. Pakistan have won only one of five Tests this year, and that against lowly ranked Zimbabwe this month. Zimbabwe, however, came back to win the second Test to square that series two weeks ago, their first win over a major Test team in 12 years. Pakistan hadn't lost to Zimbabwe since 1998. South Africa whitewashed Pakistan 3-0 in a Test series at home in February. They will meet again in two Tests in Abu Dhabi from October 14-18, and Dubai the following week. After the Test series there will be five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s. The A team includes Pakistan Test players Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Faisal Iqbal and Aizaz Cheema. Legspinner Usman Qadir, son of former Test cricketer Abdul Qadir, is also among the 15 players.
Umar Amin (captain), Shaan Masood, Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Faisal Iqbal, Asad Shafiq, Ehsan Adil, Ahmad Jamal, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Usman Qadir, Yasir Shah, Sohaib Maqsood, Aizaz Cheema, Imran Khan and Mohammad Rizwan.
Misbahul Haq (captain), Khurram Manzoor, Sohaib Maqsood, Younis Khan, Faisal Iqbal, Adnan Akmal, Abdul Rehman, Usman Qadir, Junaid Khan, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz, Ahmed Shahzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Saeed Ajmal, Zulfiqar Babar, Yasir Shah, Aizaz Cheema, Ehsan Adil, Ahmed Jamal, Akbar-ur-Rehman, Imran Khan and Mohammad Rizwan.