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Hafeez to lead Pak in T20s

May 10, 2012 - Islamabad

Pakistan has selected all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez as its new Twenty20 captain for next month's series against Sri Lanka, leaving Misbah-ul-Haq in charge of the test and one-day teams.

"The whole world is experimenting with different teams for different formats of the game, and that's what we are doing now. You need players of different temperaments for all the three formats," Ashraf said.

"I will try to give 110 per cent and implement what I've learnt under previous captains," The Dawn quoted Hafeez, as saying.

Pakistan's selectors also picked three different wicket keepers for the three formats and dropped Misbah from the Twenty20 team.

Pakistan will play two Twenty20s, five ODIs and three tests against Sri Lanka, starting with a Twenty20 in the southern port city of Hambantota on June 1.

The selectors also recalled fast bowler Mohammad Sami to all three squads and middle-order batsman Faisal Iqbal was brought back into the test team.

Chief selector Iqbal Qasim defended the recalls of Sami, all rounder Yasir Arafat and Iqbal.

"Whosoever is playing in domestic cricket is eligible for selection if he performs. We have tried not to disturb the nucleus of the team and try to groom youngsters around them," Qasim said.

Middle-order batsman Umar Akmal was picked for Twenty20 and ODI but was dropped from the test squad. Uncapped players Afaq Rahim and Mohammad Ayub Dogar were picked in the test squad.

Pakistan will play three Twenty20 games against Australia before competing in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September.


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