Adnan Akmal, Hafeez join Pak Test side

Published: Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 16:50 [IST]
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Adnan Akmal, Hafeez join Pak Test side

Wicketkeepr Adnan Akmal along with allrounder Mohammed Hafeez will join Pakistan's test squad ahead of the side's two test matches against South Africa.

Adnan was named chiefly as a replacement for Zulqarnain Haider who in a series of fast and bizarre events, has retired from cricket due to threats he claims he has received. Hafeez has been retained after the limited over games that he played and performed fairly well in. Hafeez inclusions came after the PCB's decision to not give leg-spinner Danish Kaneria clearance to leave for the UAE.

The 25-year-old Adnan plays for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's premier first-class tournament. He made his first-class debut in 2003 and averages 22.78 in 72 matches notching up a couple of centuries along the way.

Adnan's brother Kamran remained Pakistan's first-choice wicketkeeper until his recent run of inconsistency behind the wickets. Meanwhile, Hafeez had featured prominently in Pakistan's limited-overs encounters as an opening batsman and part-time offspinner. He was his side's leading run-scorer in the recently concluded one-day series, with 203 runs including two half-centuries. His inclusion in place of legspinner Kaneria suggested he may have been retained to bolster a spin attack that is light on experience.


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