Karachi: Waqar Younis on Monday retained the Pakistan captaincy for the Super Challenge One-day series against Australia next month, billed here as a "clash of the giants".
"Maintaining our policy of naming the captain series by series we have decided to retain Younis as captain for the three-match One-day series in Australia," said Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Tauqir Zia. Mudassar Nazar is also retained as coach. The 14-man squad is likely to be announced later this week. Australia and Pakistan, the winners and runners-up respectively of the last World Cup in 1999, meet in two Limited Over games in Melbourne on June 12 and 15 and a third in Brisbane on June 19. Express pacer Shoaib Akhtar, who unofficially broke the 100-mile-an-hour barrier with a delivery in the third One-day against New Zealand last month, will also come face to face with Aussie counterpart Brett Lee for the first time in two years. Both are expected to generate huge interest among the crowds. "Pakistan has made good progress under Younis and Nazar and although everyone knows they would go through until the World Cup, we will stick to announcing the captain and coach after every series," Zia said. Younis was appointed captain in April last year while Nazar replaced Englishman Richard Pybus in October last year. Pakistan will play more than 30 One-day Internationals in its lead-up to next year's World Cup. After the series in Australia, Pakistan is scheduled to play Sri Lanka and South Africa in a tri-series at Tangiers, Morocco, cricket's newest venue. Pakistan's two reply series against Australia on home grounds remain undecided in the wake of a bomb blast in Karachi on May 8 which killed 14 people, including 11 French nationals.
Aussie squad for Super Challenge ODI series vs Pak