Inzamam to lead Pakistan in Champions Trophy
Pakistan announced a 14-man squad for next month's Champions Trophy in India, retaining Inzamam-ul Haq as captain. Inzamam is set to face an International Cricket Council (ICC) code of conduct hearing at the end of this month and faces a possible suspension.
"We have proceeded as if Inzamam is available for selection," Abbas Zaidi, director operations,PCB, told AFP.
Inzamam faces two charges after Pakistan forfeited the fourth Test against England at The Oval last month - for ball tampering and also for bringing the game into disrepute after refusing to take the field once umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove changed the ball on suspicions of ball tampering and awarded five penalty runs to England.
"There are no reservations over Inzamam's captaincy and the PCB chairman has assured he would continue and if any other situation arises we will cross the bridge when it comes,' added Zaidi.
If found guilty of ball tampering then Inzamam faces a fine of between 50 and 100 percent of his match fee and a one Test or two one-day international (ODI) ban. If found guilty on the second count he faces a ban of between two and four Test matches or four to eight ODI matches.
Pakistan's squad for the Champions Trophy contains few surprises and only two changes from the team currently playing the ODI series in England. Shahid Yousuf and Danish Kaneria have been dropped.
Rao Iftikhar Anjum has been included in Pakistan's final squad of 14 for the upcoming Champions Trophy. Anjum, the 25-year-old fast bowler, was in the original squad to tour England but left in the latter half of July owing to his father's death.
Pakistan take on a qualifier at Jaipur on October 17 and meet New Zealand and South Africa in later matches. The final will be held on Nov. 5.
Pakistan squad 1 Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt) 2 Younis Khan, 3 Mohammad Yousuf, 4 Abdul Razzaq, 5 Shoaib Akhtar, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Shoaib Malik, 8 Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, 9 Kamran Akmal, 10 Imran Farhat, 11 Mohammad Asif, 12 Umar Gul, 13 Mohammad Hafeez, 14 Rao Iftikhar Anjum