Pakistan announced three squads for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. Misbah-ul-Haq has been retained as the Captain of the ODI and the Test teams but for the mini-version of the game that is the T20I format, his name doesn’t even figure in the squad. Spinning all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will be Pakistan’s new Twenty20 Captain. The Sri Lanka Tour for Pakistan begins on June 1st and ends on July 12th with a total of 2 T20Is, 5 ODIs and 3 Tests to be played.
The notable inclusions from the Selectors are that of speedster Mohammad Sami and Faisal Iqbal who have been picked in the Test Squad after a gap of around two years. Sami though full of potential as a skiddy fast bowler has failed to make any big impact. Faisal Iqbal is an attractive middle order batsman had already played 26 Tests for Pakistan while coming up with a modest average of 26.76.
Pakistan Test Squad for Sri Lanka Tour 2012:
Mohammad Hafeez, Taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal (Wicket Keeper), Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Faisal Iqbal, Junaid Khan, Afaq Raheem, Mohammad Ayub, Aizaz Cheema
Pakistan ODI Squad for Sri Lanka Tour 2012:
Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Umar Akmal, Sarfaraz Ahmed (Wicket Keeper), Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Rahat Ali, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Asad Shafiq, Aizaz Cheema, Azhar Ali, Imran Farhat
Pakistan T20I Squad for Sri Lanka Tour 2012:
Khalid Latif, Ahmed Shahzad, Mohammad Hafeez (Captain), Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shakeel Ansar (Wicket Keeper), Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Sami, Hammad Azam, Nasir Jamshed
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