Misbah to captain Pakistan in all three formats

Pakistan on Thursday named Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for the test, one-day and Twenty20 teams against Zimbabwe.

Updated: July 28, 2011 21:59 IST
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Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday named Misbah-ul-Haq as captain for the test, one-day and Twenty20 teams against Zimbabwe.

The selectors also picked three uncapped players - middle-order batsman Ramiz Raja, leg-spinner Yasir Shah and fast bowler Aizaz Cheema - in a 16-member squad.

Chief selector Mohsin Khan said senior players Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz and Abdur Rehman have been rested for the tour of Zimbabwe in September during which Pakistan plays one test match, three ODIs and two Twenty20 games.

"We have to bring in young players along with seniors so that they could be groomed," Khan said.

Left-arm fast bowler Sohail Tanvir, wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal and opening batsman Imran Farhat, who all missed the series against West Indies, have been recalled.

Shoaib Malik was named among six standby players, but Khan said the former captain has to get clearance from the Pakistan Cricket Board's integrity committee.

Malik had been sidelined since playing his last test against England in Aug 2010 and was reportedly asked to submit details of bank accounts and assets from the last three years to the integrity committee.

"We will welcome any player if he gets clearance from the PCB and performs well in the domestic first class competitions," Khan said. "If Malik gets clearance we will welcome him."

Left-arm fast bowler Tanvir impressed with his fitness and form during Pakistan's Twenty20 event last month and led Rawalpindi to victory in the final against much experienced Karachi.

Tanvir has not played a test match in four years and had been struggling to regain fitness from his knee surgery which also ruled him out of the World Cup.

Khan said all 16 players had gone through a fitness test before being named for the Zimbabwe tour.

Pakistan squad:

Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Ramiz Raja, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Yasir Shah, Sohail Tanvir, Sohail Khan, Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema.

Standby players:

Sarfraz Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Talha, Hammad Azam, Shoaib Malik (subject to clearance from integrity committee).

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