Pakistan news May 10, 2012

Misbah steps down as Twenty20 captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Misbah-ul-Haq has stepped down* as Pakistan's Twenty20 captain and Mohammad Hafeez has been named his successor for the Sri Lanka series in June.

Misbah had captained Pakistan in eight games. His last Twenty20 assignment was the three-match series against England in the UAE in February, which England won 2-1. Misbah scored 67 runs there, with a strike-rate of just over 80.

Hafeez said he was looking forward to the additonal responsibility. "Representing Pakistan is always an honour and captaining it is more than that. Now being a captain, I don't see any added pressure," Hafeez said. "The strategy might be different but while implementing them I will take my coaches and the PCB on board to get the best results for the team."

Fast bowler Mohammad Sami, who last played for Pakistan in 2010, made a comeback. Sami had taken only one wicket in five matches for Karachi Dophins in the domestic Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup in March, but had finished as the joint leading wicket-taker in the Bangladesh Premier League for Duronto Rajshahi. He was particularly successful against Dhaka Gladiators, claiming a hat-trick and then figures of 5 for 6 against them in two league games.

The new faces in the squad include Sialkot Stallions batsmen Shakeel Ansar, who came into the limelight with his maiden Twenty20 hundred against Peshawar Panthers in March in the Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup, and Haris Sohail who went through that tournament scoring 173 runs in four matches without being dismissed. Left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, who claimed 12 wickets in five games in the Super Eight T20 Cup for Sialkot, also made it to the squad.

Pakistan will play two Twenty20s, five ODIs and three Tests between June 1 and July 12 in Sri Lanka.

*This story has been updated to reflect that Misbah-ul-Haq has not announced an official retirement from Twenty20 cricket

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  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    31 players were included in all 3 formats.Razzaq deserved chance in one of formats.Good to see matured Misbah being replaced by another matured & shrewd capt Hafeez. Glad to see Sami back.If he is used positively then we have a lethal bowler.Hope Whatmore will not tolerate Sami being ridiculed as has been the case in past.

  • IMRAN on May 13, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Thanks to PCB - atlast Misbah is kicked out of the T20. I hope they will soon kick Misbah and Younis out of ODI as well - If Pakistan can play without M Yousuf then they can easily play without Misbah (mr. tuk tuk) and Younis in ODI. It will allow new players to cement their position for next world cup. Also, poor Akmal may get some chance to prove himself at number 3/4. PLEASE PCB do something for ODI as well.....

  • Faisal on May 13, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    @rawcrickettalent I would like to make a few changes based on T20 performances and caliber: 1:Kamran Akmal (wk) 2:Nasir Jamshed 3:M.Hafeez 4:Umar AKmal 5:Haris Sohail 6:Afridi 7:Mahmood 8:Hammad Azam 9:Umar Gul 10:M.Sami 11:Saeed Ajmal

    I hate Kamran Akmal, but he is a better keeper than Umar Akmal. Umar Akmal can't keep at all!! Ahmed Shahzad is a good cricketer, but needs to sort out his discipline issues first!! and Malik is a "fasaad ki jarr", plus Mahmood is a proven performer in BPL, Eng, IPL, etc!! Also, we already hav Afridi, Hafeez and Ajmal as spinners, so Mahmood's pace will help. Hammad isnt a good bowler yet!

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    one player missing imran nazir he deserves to be in team and azhar mahmood / razzaq any one of them i think Pak have good chance to win wc 20/20 this year

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    thats good but i guess captian should have been afridi or malik i dont think hafeez can handle pressure of wc 20/20 which is coming in 3 months

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    hahahhahahahah where is new faces??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Imran Nazir had been chanced many time in the past BUT he never be allowed to play his natural game, he always played under the pressure and afraid of exclution from team...he always face1st match in and next match out situation in each series if you rememberd... thats why he never performed well, so now my idea is to please include him in the team before worlds cup, Dave Watmore should work on his unpredictable/blunder shorts which he always plays and tell him to play sensabiliy/stress free untill next T20 World Cup no body will drop you till World Cup though if he does not perform till WC and during the World Cup no one will speak about Imran Nazir including me, by this way i am sure he will perform and help Pakistan to grab the T20 World Cup again. How is my idea?

  • Aamir on May 12, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    @SyedAbidHussain Your statement is invalid. Shehzad is the future along with Umar Akmal. Umar has been put at NO.6 so he would be under pressure of having to put a decent score (Which would lead to a stutter that would get him out). Do you even understand what an allrounder is? Half batsmen? Half bowler? They can play the role just as well as a batsmen or bowler. Regarding Shakeel Ansar, Umar Akmal can't keep so we might aswell try him out and reduce any leakage of runs when fielding. I personally feel that Sarfraz Ahmed should be the keeper in all formats of the game. The thing about young pacers is that their confidence in bowling will fall dramatically because they will get hammered. Look at how SA play Rusty Theron in T20's, he can bat a bit too. I just chose the best possible XI from the players selected for the tour.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    I think beside some of the selected plyrz like farhat (damad g), Malik.. The selectors have done a gud job.. Some cricket fans talkin about Razzaq but a gud decision to not selecting him as his attitude has fell down as pace bowler as fielder & as batsman too... The century he had scored against england 2 yrz back was his only innings otherwise he has done nothing whole yr... Jst letng him play as he can smash a team on his day whether the that day come once after 2 yrz is not a wise decision.. Razzaq have to bring himself up as an athlete.. Umar Akmal also a talent wdout a mind.. he shud learn smthng from Kohli of his same age group a more mature and sensible as far as batting concern.. SHahzaib, khurram Manzoor, & others will surely b under radar of the selctr..

  • Muhammad on May 12, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    my t20 team 1:Ahmed Shehzad 2:Nasir Jamshed 3:M.Hafeez 4:Umar AKmal(w.k) 5:Haris Sohail 6:Afridi 7:Malik 8:Hammad Azam 9:Umar Gul 10:M.Sami 11:Saeed Ajmal!! agreed ???

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