Misbah-ul-Haq to lead Pak Test side Vs S.A

Published: Friday, October 8, 2010, 15:52 [IST]
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Misbah-ul-Haq to lead Pak Test side

The Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) has made a surprise call by appointing Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for the upcoming test series against South Africa, while retaining Shahid Afridi as skipper for the one-dayers and T20 matches.

PCB spokesman Nadeem Sarwar confirmed the appointments and said the details would be given later.

The appointment of Misbah is a surprise given he is making a return in the Pakistan team after a long gap of six months.

The 36-year-old, who has never captained Pakistan in test matches, last played in the T20 World Cup in West Indies and his last Test appearance was in January against Australia in Sydney.

National selectors announced a new-look squad for the two tests against South Africa by recalling opener Taufeeq Umar for the first time since he played against England in August 2006.

Fast bowler Mohammad Sami, who was dropped after the Australian tour was also recalled by the selectors. The selectors also showed confidence in youngsters Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Zulqarnain Haider.


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