Hafeez appointed T20 captain, Misbah retained for Test and ODI squads

Published: May 10, 2012
Mohammad Hafeez will assist Misbahul Haq as vice-captain of the Test and ODI teams. PHOTO: AFP

Mohammad Hafeez will assist Misbahul Haq as vice-captain of the Test and ODI teams. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: Pakistan on Thursday dropped captain Misbahul Haq from the Twenty20 squad and made all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez the new skipper after the series defeat to England.

The decision was widely expected after Misbah led Pakistan to a 2-1 loss in the three-match Twenty20 series against England in February.

Misbah, who turns 38 later this month, is regarded as too old for the fastest brand of the game, but will still lead Pakistan for one-dayers and Tests on next month’s Sri Lanka tour.

Pakistan play two Twenty20s, five one-days and three Tests on the tour. They open with a Twenty20 match in Hambantota on June 1.

Misbah said he was not retiring from Twenty20 cricket.

“I accept this decision and will continue to serve my country in the best possible manner,” he said. “I have not decided to retire from the Twenty20 and will play at domestic level to stage a comeback.”

The 31-year-old Hafeez, who will skipper Pakistan for the first time, will also be Misbah’s deputy in one-days and Tests.

A delighted Hafeez, who has played 29 Twenty20s for Pakistan, said: “I owe a big thanks to the PCB and Misbah for thinking that I am capable enough to lead Pakistan.

“I will do my best to lift the team.”

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf said: “Misbah has been a great leader and he will remain captain for the one-days and Tests, but after consulting Misbah, we have decided to appoint Hafeez as new captain for the Twenty20.”

Paceman Mohammad Sami, 31, was included in all three squads after a two-year break and middle-order batsman Faisal Iqbal was back in the Test squad after being sidelined in 2009.

Uncapped left-arm paceman Rahat Ali, who has 107 wickets in 27 first-class matches, is in the one-day team, while batsmen Ayub Dogar and Afaq Raheem made the Test squad for the first time.

Shahid Afridi, a former captain who is in the Twenty20 and one-day squad, welcomed Hafeez’s appointment.

“Hafeez is captain of the whole nation and I urge the fans to back him. We must give him confidence before the all-important tour, then matches against Australia and then the World Twenty20,” the 32-year-old told AFP.

Afridi, who had been a popular choice of fans to lead the Twenty20 side, denied being disappointed at being passed over and said he was ready to play for Pakistan in any position.

Squad (Twenty20): Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Khalid Latif, Ahmed Shahzad, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shakeel Ansar, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanveer, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Sami, Hammad Azam, Nasir Jamshed

One-day: Misbahul Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Asad Shafiq, Aizaz Cheema, Azhar Ali, Imran Farhat

Test: Misbahul Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Ayub Dogar, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Faisal Iqbal, Junaid Khan, Afaq Raheem, Mohammad Ayub, Aizaz Cheema

Tour itinerary:

June 1: First Twenty20 international, Hambantota

June 3: Second Twenty20 international, Hambantota

June 7: First one-dayer, Pallekele

June 9: Second one-dayer, Pallekele

June 13: Third one-dayer, Colombo

June 16: Fourth one-dayer, Colombo

June 18: Fifth one-dayer, Colombo

June 22-26: First Test, Galle

June 30-July 4: Second Test, Colombo

July 8-12: Third Test, Pallekele

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Reader Comments (54)

  • Pakistani
    May 10, 2012 - 1:41PM

    Good Decision by board, will help team to build further.


  • Absar
    May 10, 2012 - 1:43PM

    The culture in Pakistan doesn’t allow anyone to stay at the helm of anything, be it the country or the cricket. What we hope in Pakistan is the performance, hoping this culture accommodate the “good performance” sometime ..


  • Asim
    May 10, 2012 - 1:47PM

    Excellent Decision by the PCB. Three different teams for three different format. Excellent. So many new faces. This is the only way to go about it. Just one thing which is upsetting me. How did Imran Farhat again made it to the ODI squad.


  • Khan
    May 10, 2012 - 1:48PM

    Mohammad Sami in all three formats and no Abdul Razzaq? Is it a joke, PCB?


  • Khan
    May 10, 2012 - 1:51PM

    Imran Farhat againnnnnnnnn. O God….


  • Khan
    May 10, 2012 - 1:55PM

    Faisal Iqbal in tests, Imran Farhat in ODIs, and Shoaib Malik in T20s. Above all, Mohammad Sami in all three formats. Well done PCB.


  • Ali
    May 10, 2012 - 1:58PM

    Pitty The Nation: where Muhammad Sami, Imran Farhat is in the team and no Imran Nazir in T20.


  • Much Amused
    May 10, 2012 - 1:59PM

    He has a fiery temprement. Wont help him earn respect from other players. Cant see him lasting long.


  • Umair
    May 10, 2012 - 2:01PM

    justified :)


  • ProudPakistani
    May 10, 2012 - 2:05PM

    Hafeez(captain)….why not in one days??


  • Bravo
    May 10, 2012 - 2:06PM

    hafees as captain what a joke….imran farhat, shoaib malik, adnan akmal poor selection no place for them


  • Sara Aslam Basar
    May 10, 2012 - 2:18PM

    Interesting team selection!


  • Mohammad
    May 10, 2012 - 2:18PM

    An excellent choice, Muhammad Abdul Hafeez is the best choice after Misbah given the fact that Afridi isn’t mature to lead the side any more.


  • naeem hussain
    May 10, 2012 - 2:18PM

    Some one should give some justification of selecting Mohammas Sami, Imran Farhat, Yasir Arafat and especially Faisal Iqbal.


  • imran malik
    May 10, 2012 - 2:24PM

    Good Decision of Muhammad Hafeez as Captain of T-20. Balanced teams; all goodluck for Srikanka series. Again another chance for Imran farhat. Good comeback by Muhammad Sami.


  • Farooq Malik
    May 10, 2012 - 2:25PM

    Why is Imran Farthead and Shoaib Malik back. They are failures…and get parchi done each time!


  • Sunil Kumar
    May 10, 2012 - 2:26PM

    No Hammad Azam in ODI squad and we have Imran Farhat there? Is this some kind of joke?


  • Silent Observer
    May 10, 2012 - 2:28PM

    if the likes of Imran Farhat & Yasir Arafat can be selected then why not Imran Nazir ???


  • Muhammad Rohaan Sadiq
    May 10, 2012 - 2:30PM

    Would love to see Muhammad Sami back in action!


  • MIk
    May 10, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Good deciseion to make different teams for all formats but exclusion of Ahmad shahzad & inclusion of Imran farhat in one day team is a big quesstion mark on the selection committee integrity.Also how a 32 years old new captin will be a future prospect??????????????


  • Muhammad Talha
    May 10, 2012 - 2:35PM

    congratulations, Keep it up hafeez and misbah, we know u can do it.


  • Sahibzada Shabir
    May 10, 2012 - 2:40PM

    TUK TUK is out of T-20, what a good news. Please keep him safe only for Tests


  • Ahsan
    May 10, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Misbah when will you quit,,,, bas kardo bas!!!


  • JD
    May 10, 2012 - 2:54PM

    Is that Ijaz Cheema or Aizaz Cheema? Confused because its not surprising here that multiple brothers pop up in the team :P


  • Aak
    May 10, 2012 - 2:59PM

    You must have a quality to be selected in team, and quality of our greatest ever opener Imran Farhat is PCB’s Subhan.


  • IAK
    May 10, 2012 - 3:00PM

    Imran Farhat and Faisal Iqbal, both debut 11 years ago and since then never able to justify their selection in team. can somebody ask Faisal Iqbal if he’s that good player, then why his average his meagre 26 in test matches, he always score 50 (that too when team is losing) in last innings of test match series then blame selectors for dropping him from the team.


  • The Flying Object
    May 10, 2012 - 3:06PM

    I would still go with Afridi for the T20 and One dayers. Misbah should be vice for both and Captain for Tests.
    Afridi has played for quite a long time now. He has some experience which Hafeez lacks.


  • Yasin
    May 10, 2012 - 3:07PM

    The team selection shows that politics still exists in PCB.


  • Pk
    May 10, 2012 - 3:16PM

    Not a big fan of Sami’s but one should remember his last test when he blew away australia and almost took Pakistan to victory….were it not for Kamran Akmal.


  • Abdul Basit
    May 10, 2012 - 3:18PM

    Its a good decisions to appoint Hafeez as T20 Captain but selection committee must have to continue this T20 squad upto T20 World Cup 2012


  • wahab
    May 10, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Imran farhat but no imran nazir?? amazing!


  • Faraz
    May 10, 2012 - 3:28PM

    Imran Farhat again? for what?? why? now wait for one 30+ score in 10 innings (with a couple chances) and 9.. caught by slip/keeper for less then 30.


  • Hassan Fershori
    May 10, 2012 - 3:51PM

    Why Sarfraz not included in Test side?


  • Maira
    May 10, 2012 - 3:55PM

    Imran Farhat in and Hammad Azam out? Are you kidding?????? Why don’t you groom an all rounder within batallion of fast bowlers?
    @Ali: Please stop whining about Imran Nazir. This isn’t BPL or Faysal Bank.


  • Hassan
    May 10, 2012 - 4:14PM

    Best of luck professor… keep it up


  • Khan
    May 10, 2012 - 4:50PM

    Imran Nazir is a MUST in T20s. Poor decision by PCB to not select him for the world cup.


  • Pakistani
    May 10, 2012 - 5:05PM

    Poor team selection in must say….


  • Nasir
    May 10, 2012 - 5:13PM

    Abdur Razzaq plays T20 around the world but has not been selected – very poor!


  • Ibrahim
    May 10, 2012 - 5:17PM

    haha… i realised one thing from Pakistan you do good for the country and you will be disrespected (in most cases) Afridi led the team made into a unit to semi finals and then people coming up saying he is not mature enough…May Allah give some brain to us as a Nation


  • Imran umaid
    May 10, 2012 - 6:04PM

    very bad, Afridi was the best option for T20 and 1dys


  • Haseeb
    May 10, 2012 - 7:17PM

    Who news faces is been selected for ODI and One day teams.. Is Shoiab Malik or Imran farhat or Yasir Arafat??? I could not understand that how is it possible that these old players were fortunate to become a part of team then imran nazir and hammad azam and other talented players could not???

    I think its ridiculous decision to opting players for different formats teams.. and hafeez is not enough mature than afridi.. its childish to give more preference over boom boom afridi.. Because afridi dil se saaf hai.. wo kisi syasat ka hissa ni banna chahta.. so thats why..


  • Ch Allah Daad
    May 10, 2012 - 7:42PM

    First time I feel sad for Afridi. He should have been appointed T20 captain. Its true that he is unreliable like Pakistan railways engine, but he is the only engine in this form of cricket. All other players are just Dabbas except Imran Farhat who is a cago compartment in passenger train.


  • Salman Sheikh
    May 10, 2012 - 8:20PM

    What about Zia-ul-haq?? he is a good bowler and inform.. may be PPP puppet PCB don’t want any other Zia-ul-haq in their term.


  • Salman Sheikh
    May 10, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Why Muhammad Yousuf isn’t in the Test Team??


  • Salman Sheikh
    May 10, 2012 - 8:24PM

    In my opinion Hammad should be given captaincy in T20s.. for the time being I think Hafeez is a better choice but after worldT20 Hammad should be given captaincy.


  • Salman Sheikh
    May 10, 2012 - 8:25PM

    Sami, Faisal and Farhat are ridiculous selection.. We certainly have better Players in domestic circuit..


  • Salman Sheikh
    May 10, 2012 - 8:26PM

    Pray hahaha whenever he plays Pakistan loses.


  • Adeel
    May 10, 2012 - 8:49PM

    Again Imran Farhat and Malik? WHY? and what use is it to bring back Mohmmad Sami and Faisal Iqbal, why not try out some new talent like Usman Salahuddin and Sadaf Hussain.


  • Pungi
    May 10, 2012 - 8:52PM

    Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal & Muhammad Sami.. not again plz..!


  • Yasir Mehmood
    May 10, 2012 - 8:54PM

    Our chief selector is from karachi so its natural faisal iqbal and sami had to be selected…politics is continuing to destroy cricket


  • ayaz bukhari
    May 10, 2012 - 10:45PM

    disagree to you. if the shuffles have been made like that, it affects pakistani team for longer period. PCB should make the long term policy and select one captain for particular format, and give him time to settle down and the get the team together. announcement of the hafiz as a captain is quite interesting despite of the sitting afridi in squad. how could they have ignored the afridi. as far as misbah is concerned, misbah ul haq is nothing but curse for team.


  • May 10, 2012 - 10:56PM

    Misbah only deserves to be in test squad. Soon his ODI carrier will come to an end.


  • zainy
    May 10, 2012 - 10:58PM

    Muhammad Sami, Faisal Iqbal and Imran Farhat have been tested a thousand times. They are not consistent.
    T-20 squad should have had Rana Naveed Ul Hassan. Yes he is old. But he is a specialist. BPL,Faysal Bank, Big Bash u name it.
    Arafat was part of 2007 WC squad. I hope he has improved. Hammad shouldnt have been dropped from the ODIs. Bad decision.
    Overall Good selection. Good to see youngsters getting a chance.
    Hafeez will make a good captain. I’m sure.


  • Khalid
    May 11, 2012 - 3:40AM

    Regardless of how much Punjabi PCB mafia ignores Shahid Afridi,he lives in hearts of millions across the globe.


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